, Volume 172, Issue 3, pp 241-245
Date: 08 Apr 2011

Zygomycosis Presenting a Major Clinical Challenge: Case Report on Rhizomucor pusillus Infection in a Stem-Cell-Transplant Recipient

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Zygomycoses are opportunistic infections caused by the Mucorales fungi. They are typically seen in immunosuppressed patients. The incidence of zygomycosis cases seems to be increasing. We report on zygomycosis in a pediatric, female stem-cell-transplant recipient. This case report underlines the difficulty of taking care of patients with zygomycosis. In fungal infections of immunosuppressive patients on broad-coverage antibiotics, foci of skin necrosis are unique and typical for zygomycoses, and may be helpful in this challenging diagnosis.