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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-138

The Rise of an oppurtunistic infection called "Invasive zygomycosis"


1 Department of Internal Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Hematology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Pulmonology, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdelkarim Waness
Department of Internal Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.56256

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Invasive zygomycosis is a devastating fungal infection seen mostly in immune-compromised patients. We present a case of a 48-year old diabetic man, with aplastic anemia, who developed severe pulmonary mucormycosis that led to his rapid demise despite early diagnosis and treatment with liposomal amphotericin B. We also conducted an extensive review of the pathogenesis of invasive zygomycosis, its history, predisposing factors, clinical aspects, diagnostic modalities, treatment options, morbidity and mortality.


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