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is mucormycosis curable?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Mucormycosis: In most cases, the prognosis of mucormycosis is poor and has varied mortality rates depending on its form and severity. Iv anti-fungal medicines, such as amphotericn b, and aggressive surgery should be done immediately to remove all dead and infected tissue. Surgery may involve removal of the palate, parts of the nose, or parts of the eye. The less extensive, the more chance of survival.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Potentially: High dose intravenous amphotericin B is usually first med. Eventually may transition to oral antifungal like Posconzole or isavuconazole. May need to aggressively remove infected/ dead tissue. Treatment must begin as soon as the diagnosis is made.

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A 51-year-old member asked:

Will mucormycosis kill me?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Very risky: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that commonly affects immunocoromised individuals. It has an extremely high death rate even when treated properly. The risk ranges between 25% and 85% depending on body part involved and underlying health.
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Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
There can be none: "mucor" is actually several different fungi, and infection is almost restricted to people with impaired immunity, e.g. Immunosuppressive drugs, after transplants (bone marrow, or solid organ) or poorly controlled diabetes. When symptoms occur they reflect the organ involved, e.g. The lung, and coughing up blood is common as the bug invades blood vessels. Facial pain can suggest infected sinuses.
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Do doctors see a lot of patients with mucormycosis?

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Dr. Robert Dons
Endocrinology 46 years experience
Terminal infection: No - thank god!
A member asked:

What do you recommend for mucormycosis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Wang
Dr. Linda Wang answered
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Surgery, anti-fungal: Treatment of mucormycosis involves a combination of anti-fungal therapy and surgical removal of involved tissues. It is also important to eliminate predisposing factors for infection, such as high blood sugar or drugs that suppress the immune system. Amphotericin b is the name of the anti-fungal medication that is most often used to treat mucormycosis. Treatment can sometimes last for months.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
good answer linda. I agree with you.
Mar 5, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

Will mucormycosis stop me from going on my vacation?

2 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Serious disease: Mucormycosis is a serious infection of the sinuses that can spread to the brain. It occurs in people who have a weakened immune system. Usual treatment includes surgery to remove the involved infected areas.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
There is a recent supplement to Clinical Infectious Diseases which covers mucormycosis in detail.
Mar 2, 2012

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