by Diana Kohnle
Mucormycosis is an infection caused by a fungus. It affects the sinuses, brain, lungs, and sometimes the skin. The infection occurs most often in people who have a compromised immune system. This is a serious infection. The prognosis is usually poor, even with treatment.
The fungus is often found in soil and decaying plants. It will not make most people sick. People are more likely to get the infection if they have a weakened immune system.
Risk Factors TOP
The following factors increase your chance of developing mucormycosis:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may include the following:
The prognosis is usually poor even with treatment. Options include:
The fungus that causes this infection is found in many places. Avoiding contact with it is difficult. The best prevention is to control or prevent the conditions related to this infection.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Canadian Lung Association
Fungal infections. National Foundation for Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.nfid.or... . Accessed April 15, 2007.
Mucormycosis. University of Tennessee Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.utmedic... . Accessed April 15, 2007.
Radha S, Tameem T, Fernandez DK, Satyanarayana G. Gastric zygomycosis (mucormycosis). The Internet J Pathol . 2007;5(2).
Last reviewed December 2011 by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
Last Updated: 12/30/2011