Lung - nontumor
Infections
Mucor

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 27 February 2017, last major update September 2011

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Definition / General
  • Also known as zygomycosis or mucormycosis
  • Ubiquitous fungi of class Zygomycetes, includes Mucor, Rhizopus, Absidia and Cunninghamella
  • Opportunistic infection especially associated with diabetes; other predisposing factors are neutropenia, corticosteroid therapy, iron overload and mucocutaneous trauma
  • Pulmonary and sinusoidal infection caused by inhaled spores or secondary to rhinocerebral mucormycosis
Case Reports
Micro Description
  • Large, nonsepta hyphae with 90 degree angle branching and nonparallel walls, angioinvasive causing tissue necrosis and hemorrhage
Micro Images

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Culture shows young sporangia of Mucor species