Cutaneous mucormycosis in a young immunocompetent trauma patient: a case report
  • André Silva
    Intensive Care Department, Hospital Sousa Martins, Guarda, Portugal
  • Christine Paiva
    Internal Medicine Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • João Pedro Baptista
    Intensive Care Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Rui Almeida
    Pathology Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Rita Alves
    Internal Medicine Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Keywords

Cutaneous mucormycosis, soft tissue, fasciitis, trauma

Abstract

Introduction: Mucormycosis, a rare and life-threatening infection, is caused by microorganisms of the Mucorales order. It affects almost exclusively immunocompromised and diabetic patients, requiring extensive surgical debridement and prolonged antifungal therapy.
Discussion/Results: We report the case of a 26-year-old immunocompetent woman, presenting with cutaneous mucormycosis after suffering blunt force trauma. This rare occurrence of mucormycosis in an immunocompetent patient reinforces the importance of elevated clinical suspicion and early initiation of adequate surgical and antifungal treatment.
Conclusion: Mucormycosis is a challenging condition with potentially devastating consequences. Timely diagnosis and appropriate management are vital to mitigate the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition.

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    Published: 2023-10-26
    Issue: 2023: Vol 10 No 12 (view)


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    Silva A, Paiva C, Baptista JP, Almeida R, Alves R. Cutaneous mucormycosis in a young immunocompetent trauma patient: a case report. EJCRIM 2023;10 doi:10.12890/2023_004068.