Successful eradication of mucormycosis occurring in a pulmonary allograft

David A. Hunstad, Alan H. Cohen, Joseph W. St. Geme

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The zygomycetes are saprophytic fungi that rarely cause disease in the normal human host. In immunocompromised individuals, these organisms can cause invasive infections, collectively called mucormycosis. Mucormycosis is associated with a high mortality rate, especially in organ transplant recipients. In this report, we describe the first case of successfully treated mucormycosis involving a pulmonary allograft. Treatment consisted of surgical excision of the affected lobe and chest wall and lipid-complex amphotericin B. The lipid complex formulation permitted a prolonged course of therapy that was likely critical to eradication of the infection. Copyright (C) 1999 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-804
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1999


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