Mucormycosis causes

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Mucormycosis Microchapters


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Historical Perspective




Differentiating Mucormycosis from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis


Diagnostic Criteria

History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

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Medical Therapy


Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Cost-Effectiveness of Therapy

Future or Investigational Therapies

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Syed Hassan A. Kazmi BSc, MD [2]


Rhizopus and mucor species are by far the most common causes of mucormycosis but there may be other fungi that lead to development of the disease.


Common Causes

The different types of fungi causing mucormycosis include :[1][2][3]

  • Rhizopus species
  • Mucor species
  • Lichtheimia (formerly Absidia)
  • Rhizomucor

Less Common causes[4][5][6]

  • Cunninghamella bertholletiae
  • Apophysomyces
  • Saksenaea
  • Rhizopodiformis
  • Absidia corymbifera
  • Rhizomucor pusillus
  • Syncephalastrum
  • Cokeromyces
  • Mortierella


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  3. Spellberg B, Edwards J, Ibrahim A (2005). "Novel perspectives on mucormycosis: pathophysiology, presentation, and management". Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 18 (3): 556–69. doi:10.1128/CMR.18.3.556-569.2005. PMC 1195964. PMID 16020690.
  4. Baradkar VP, Kumar S (2009). "Cutaneous zygomycosis due to Saksenaea vasiformis in an immunocompetent host". Indian J Dermatol. 54 (4): 382–4. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.57621. PMC 2807721. PMID 20101346.
  5. Rodríguez-Gutiérrez G, Carrillo-Casas EM, Arenas R, García-Méndez JO, Toussaint S, Moreno-Morales ME, Schcolnik-Cabrera AA, Xicohtencatl-Cortes J, Hernández-Castro R (2015). "Mucormycosis in a Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient Caused by Syncephalastrum racemosum: Case Report and Review of Literature". Mycopathologia. 180 (1–2): 89–93. doi:10.1007/s11046-015-9878-1. PMID 25736172.
  6. Desmidt M, De Laender P, De Groote D, Rysselaere M, De Herdt P, Ducatelle R, Haesebrouck F (1998). "Rhizomucor pusillus mucormycosis combined with chlamydiosis in an African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus)". Vet. Rec. 143 (16): 447–8. PMID 9823607.

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