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Reviewers: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 30 December 2011, last major update September 2011
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● Also known as zygomycosis or mucormycosis
● Ubiquitous fungi of class Zygomycetes, includes Mucor, Rhizopus, Absidia and Cunninghamella
● Opportunistic infection especially associated with diabetes; other predisposing factors are neutropenia, corticosteroid therapy, iron overload and mucocutaneous trauma
● Pulmonary and sinusoidal infection caused by inhaled spores or secondary to rhinocerebral mucormycosis

Case report

● 39 year old man with necrotizing pneumonia (University of Pittsburgh)

Micro description

● Large, non-septa hyphae with 90 degree angle branching and non-parallel walls, angioinvasive causing tissue necrosis and hemorrhage

Micro images

GMS stain

Fluorescent antibody staining

Culture shows young sporangia of Mucor species

End of Lung-nontumor > Infections > Mucor

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