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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 269-271

Apophysomyces elegans - renal mucormycosis in a healthy host: A case report from south India


1 Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Pathology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India

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A J Thomas
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.42048

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Zygomycosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that seldom occurs in individuals with a competent immune system. Isolated involvement of any organ is rare and only a few cases of renal zygomycosis have been reported. We present an unusual case of renal zygomycosis caused by Apophysomyces elegans in a patient with no known predisposing factor. He presented with flakes in the urine and was found to have a poorly functioning right kidney. Ureterorenoscopy was performed, fungal elements removed and pathological confirmation obtained. The patient subsequently underwent nephrectomy after treatment with amphotericin B. He made an uneventful recovery.






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