Invasive Mucormycosis: An Unusual Cause of Intestinal Gangrene in an Immunocompetent Adult

JOURNAL TITLE: Journal of Gastrointestinal Infections

Author
1. Harjeet Singh
2. Ashim Das
3. Thakur D Yadav
ISSN
2277-5862
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10068-3024
Volume
9
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
    1. Department of General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
    1. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
    2. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Chandigarh, India
  • Article keywords
    Gangrene, Ileum, Mucorales, Mucormycosis, Perforation

    Abstract

    Invasive mucormycosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that commonly involves the rhinocerebral and pulmonary system. We are presenting a rare case of small intestine invasive mucormycosis causing multiple perforations and gangrene in the small intestine. Mucormycosis infection occurred after traumatic perforation peritonitis. Mucormycosis usually occurs in the presence of predisposing conditions like uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, neutropenia, underlying malignancy, or those receiving immunosuppressive agents. Gastrointestinal mucormycosis is uncommon and seldom diagnosed in living patients. In these cases, diagnosis is delayed and the mortality rate is high.

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