Actinomycosis of the ankle joint

  • Sunitha Ramachandra Armed forces hospital, muscat oman
  • Sarah Kuruvila armed forces hospital,muscat oman
  • John CK armed forces hospital, muscat
Keywords: Actinomycosis, Ankle Joint, Chronic Synovial ─░nfection, Cotrimoxazole, Rifampicin


We report a case of actinomycosis of the ankle joint with synovial involvement which resisted the usual treatment. Actinomycotic infection of the extremities involving the bone and joints is rare. After the initial diagnosis, our case was treated with ampicillin for six months with no benefit. Instead the condition worsened with the development of tiny pockets of fluid collections within the soft tissue and increased inflammation. Surgical debridement was done to drain the fluid collections and the patient was treated with combined regimen of Cotrimoxazole and Rifampicin with good response clinically and radiologically. Timely intervention and the correct diagnosis saved the limb.

Author Biographies

Sunitha Ramachandra, Armed forces hospital, muscat oman
Department of pathology, Specialist
Sarah Kuruvila, armed forces hospital,muscat oman
pathology, senior specialist
John CK, armed forces hospital, muscat
dermatology, consultant


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