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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 285-287

Fatal cellulitis caused by Apophysomyces elegans


1 Department of Microbiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai - 600 116, India
2 Department of Infectious Disease, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai - 600 116, India
3 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai - 600 116, India

Correspondence Address:
A J Kindo
Department of Microbiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai - 600 116
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.34778

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A case of cellulitis of the left lateral side of the face caused by the zygomycete Apophysomyces elegans in a healthy male following a road traffic accident is reported. The contaminated soil was the source of fungus. Broad aseptate fungal hyphae were seen in the necrosed tissues. Extensive tissue debridement and treatment with amphotericin B were not successful in controlling the rapid invasion of the tissues by the fungus. Patient developed angioinvasion, severe cellulitis and finally succumbed to the infection three weeks after admission.






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