Mucormycosis (formerly called zygomycosis) is a serious

Mucormycosis (formerly called zygomycosis) is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes.  These molds live throughout the environment.  Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.

 

It most commonly affects the sinuses or lungs after inhaling fungal spores from the air, or the skin after the fungus enters the skin through a cut, burn, or other type of skin injury.  However, it can occur in almost any part of the body.  Types of Mucormycosis Rhinocerebral (sinus and brain) Mucormycosis is an infection in the sinuses that can spread to the brain.

 

This form of mucormycosis is most common in people with uncontrolled diabetes and in people who have had a kidney transplant.  Pulmonary (lung) mucormycosis is the most common type of mucormycosis in people with cancer and in people who have had an organ transplant or a stem cell transplant.

 

 

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Fever Cough Chest pain Shortness of breath o Cutaneous (skin) mucormycosis can look like blisters or ulcers, and the infected area may turn black.  Other symptoms include pain, warmth, excessive redness, or swelling around a wound.  Symptoms of gastrointestinal mucormycosis include: o Abdominal pain Nausea and vomiting gastrointestinal bleeding