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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Mucormycosis (Overview)

Mucormycosis is a serious, invasive fungal infection in immunocompromised patients... Diabetes, hiv, post chemotherapy patients, etc. It needs immediate treatment.(powerful antifungals and even surgery can be needed on an emergency basis) see an ENT doc for an immediate evaluation.


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My sister says she has mucormycosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has mucormycosis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Not contageous: Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that occurs in persons with seriously compromised immune systems. I hope that your sister is under the care of competent, experienced physicians. She will benefit also from loving support from her family. Good luck to her. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
23 doctors shared insights

Mucormycosis (Overview)

Mucormycosis is a serious, invasive fungal infection in immunocompromised patients... Diabetes, hiv, post chemotherapy patients, etc. It needs immediate treatment.(powerful antifungals and even surgery can be needed on an emergency basis) see an ENT doc for an immediate evaluation.


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Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

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. ...Read more

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ACUTE FUNGAL SINUSITIS MUCORMYCOSIS WITH DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE 2. What is the treatment for the above Diagnosis?

Mucormycosis: Usually surgery combined with a complex combination of antifungal medications depending upon the organism and its sensitivities. This may be one of several mold fungi (Mucor, Absidia, Rhizopus, and others). Very severe condition with outcomes difficult to predict. Best wishes and hopes. ...Read more

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Does mucormycosis usually cause many symptoms?

Mucormycosis: Rhinoorbitocerebral mucromycosis (most common type) usually presents as acute sinusitis with fever, nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, sinus pain, and headache. Spread to adjacent structures, such as the palate, orbit, and brain, usually progresses quickly. Other signs and symptoms include facial swelling, nasal ulceration, decreased vision, and ophthalmoplegia (eye movement problem). ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of mucormycosis?

What's the best treatment to get rid of mucormycosis?

Emergency: Mucormycosis is an invasive fungus which will only take hold in very sick people, advanced diabetes or the immunosupressed. If you suspect this problem, you need immediate evaluation and big time treatment. Do not delay. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to prevent mucormycosis?

What are the best ways to prevent mucormycosis?

Your immunity: "mucor" is an invasive fungus that affects people with severe underlying illness like very poorly controlled diabetes, or immune suppression for transplants, and autoimmune diseases. Some malignancies (leukemias) can render your immune system ineffective. If you don't have these conditions or similarly severe illness, you'd be hard pressed to get mucormycosis even if you tried. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of mucormycosis bad?

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. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for mucormycosis?

What do you recommend for mucormycosis?

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. ...Read more

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Does mucormycosis usually cause many symptoms?

Mucormycosis: Rhinoorbitocerebral mucromycosis (most common type) usually presents as acute sinusitis with fever, nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, sinus pain, and headache. Spread to adjacent structures, such as the palate, orbit, and brain, usually progresses quickly. Other signs and symptoms include facial swelling, nasal ulceration, decreased vision, and ophthalmoplegia (eye movement problem). ...Read more