Fulminant mucormycosis after a traffic accident: a case report

  • Alicja SękowskaEmail author
  • Małgorzata Prażyńska
  • Magdalena Twarużek
  • Aleksander Deptuła
  • Ewa Zastempowska
  • Ewelina Soszczyńska
  • Eugenia Gospodarek-Komkowska
Short Communication


Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection in immunocompetent patients, whereas in immunocompromised, it may be systemic and disseminated infection associated with high mortality. Mucormycosis is one of the most rapidly progressing and fulminant forms of fungal infections; Mucor circinelloides is rarely isolated species, also from immunocompromised patients. The reported case of mucormycosis after a traffic accident indicates that it may be the result of a contamination of wound by M. circinelloides coming from the environment. The fungal strain was identified by phenotypic methods and confirmed by molecular methods. Etest method was used for susceptibility testing of the fungal strain. No mycotoxins were detected in the analyzed sample. The infection was successfully treated with amphotericin B, but amputation of the lower limb was necessary.



This research was financially supported by the Nicolaus Copernicus University funds for the maintenance of the research potential of the Department of Microbiology.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium MedicumNicolaus Copernicus UniversityBydgoszczPoland
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and Toxicology, Institute of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Natural SciencesKazimierz Wielki UniversityBydgoszczPoland

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