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Periorbital fungal infection known as mucormycosis, or phycomycosis PHIL 2831 lores.jpg
ICD-10 B46.0-B46.5
ICD-9 117.7
DiseasesDB 31759
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MeSH D009091

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Mucormycosis (also known as zygomycosis) is a rare but serious infection of fungi of the Mucorales order.[1] The most common fungi responsible for mucormycosis in humans are Mucor and Rhizopus.


It that frequently involves the sinuses, brain, or lungs and most commonly presents in immunocompromised patients.

While orbitorhinocerebral mucormycosis is the most common type of the disease, this infection can also manifest in the gastrointestinal tract, skin, and in other organ systems.

Associated conditions

Some 50-75% of patients diagnosed with mucormycosis are estimated to have underlying poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and ketoacidosis.


Surgical resection of the "fungus ball" and intravenous amphotericin B is the recommended therapy.

Case Example: Carotid Artery Mucormycosis

Clinical Summary

A 63-year-old white male was in his usual state of good health until eight weeks before his death when he developed sudden onset of shortness of breath. A thoracotomy was performed for plication of ruptured emphysematous blebs.

Following improvement and discharge from the hospital he developed weakness, lethargy, and a left lower lobe lung infiltrate. The patient's condition soon deteriorated further, with almost every organ system having failed. The patient developed DIC and peripheral embolic phenomena, including gangrene of his extremities and face.

A single antemortem blood culture grew Staphylococcus aureus.

Postmortem Findings

Autopsy revealed severe emphysema, severe widespread abscessiform and necrotizing pneumonia, and bacterial endocarditis (Staphylococcus aureus) of the pulmonic valve. The right internal carotid artery was occluded by a thrombus and there were areas of necrosis (due to CVAs) in the brain.

Images courtesy of Professor Peter Anderson DVM PhD and published with permission © PEIR, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Pathology


  1. "eMedicine - Mucormycosis : Article by Nancy F Crum-Cianflone, MD MPH". Retrieved 2007-09-30.

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