; also known as bacterial pseudomycosis
is a rare chronic granulomatous bacterial
infection that affects the skin, and sometimes the viscera.
Botryomycosis has been known to affect humans, horses, cattle and swine.
The disease was originally discovered by Otto Bollinger
(1843-1909) in 1870, and its name was coined by Sebastiano Rivolta (1832-1893) in 1884. The name refers to its grape-like granules (Gr. botryo
= grapes) and the mistakenly believed fungal
etiology (Gr. mykes
= fungus). In 1919 the bacterial origin of the infection was discovered.
is usually the organism that causes the infection
, however it can also be caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
or several other species of bacteria. The anatomic
structure of its lesion
is similar to that of actinomycosis
, and its granules resemble the sulfur
granules of actinomycosis.
There are only a handful of documented cases of botryomycosis in humans, and its pathogenesis
is not completely understood. However, it is usually described in individuals with impaired immunity
, or with an underlying disease such as diabetes mellitus
, cystic fibrosis
or HIV infection