Mucormycosis historical perspective

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Mucormycosis Microchapters


Patient Information


Historical Perspective




Differentiating Mucormycosis from other Diseases

Epidemiology and Demographics

Risk Factors


Natural History, Complications and Prognosis


Diagnostic Criteria

History and Symptoms

Physical Examination

Laboratory Findings

X Ray



Other Imaging Findings

Other Diagnostic Studies


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]


Mucormycosis in humans was was first reported in 1885 by a German pathologoist named Paltauf. The disease named “mucormycosis” was subsequently used by an American pathologist R. D. Baker to denote a mycosis caused by some members of Mucorales.

Historical Perspective

  • In 1885, German pathologist Paltauf, reported the first case of mucormycosis in humans and later published a case of upper airway mucormycosis, entitled: “mucormycosis mucorina” in the Virchows archives of pathology and anatomy.[1]
  • In 1943, Gregory et al described the first case of of rhino-orbital cerebral mucormycosis associated with diabetes. Harris in 1955 reported the first known survivor.
  • The term “mucormycosis” was coined by an American pathologist R. D. Baker.[2][3][4]


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  2. Brown J (2005). "Zygomycosis: an emerging fungal infection". Am J Health Syst Pharm. 62 (24): 2593–6. doi:10.2146/ajhp050188. PMID 16333056.
  3. Lass-Flörl C (2009). "The changing face of epidemiology of invasive fungal disease in Europe". Mycoses. 52 (3): 197–205. PMID 19391253.
  4. Saegeman V, Maertens J, Ectors N, Meersseman W, Lagrou K (2010). "Epidemiology of mucormycosis: review of 18 cases in a tertiary care hospital". Med. Mycol. 48 (2): 245–54. doi:10.1080/13693780903059477. PMID 19568978.

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