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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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ALDAMA CABALLERO, Arnaldo et al. Mucormicosis rhinocerebral - Communication of 4 cases. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.3, pp.75-82. ISSN 1816-8949.

The mucormycosis is a rare infection, with high morbidity and mortality; produced by opportunistic fungi of the order Mucorales belonging to several families and species. This infection presents several clinical forms. The most common is the rhino-cerebral. Predisposing factors are many but the principals are decompensated diabetes mellitus and leukemia. We report four cases of rhino-cerebral mucormycosis related to diabetes mellitus; three of them with fatal evolution. In all cases, we found both in the mycological study and in the pathological anatomy the characteristics of hyaline hyphae with right-angled branches. Particularly, in two cases, the culture identified Rhizopus spp and Mycoclades spp as responsible.

Keywords : Mucormycosis; mucormycosis in diabetes; rhino-cerebral mucormycosis.

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