, Volume 178, Issue 1–2, pp 97–101 | Cite as

Primary Cutaneous Mucormycosis Presenting as a Giant Plaque: Uncommon Presentation of a Rare Mycosis

  • Keshavamurthy Vinay
  • Ariganesh Chandrasegaran
  • Amrinder J. Kanwar
  • Uma N. Saikia
  • Harsimran Kaur
  • M. R. Shivaprakash
  • Sunil Dogra


Mucormycosis is an uncommon systemic mycosis affecting the immunocompromised individuals. It is usually caused by organisms of the genera Rhizopus and Mucor, although rarely other organisms have also been implicated. Mycoses due to these angioinvasive fungi have an acute onset, rapidly progressive course with high mortality rate. A rare and less well known is the chronic subtype of primary cutaneous mucormycosis (PCM). Herein, we report a case of PCM clinically presenting as a chronic, giant destructive plaque in a young immunocompetent male and coin the term chronic granulomatous mucormycosis. A clinicopathological classification for cutaneous mucormycosis is also proposed.


Acute necrotising mucormycosis Chronic granulomatous mucormycosis Contiguity mucormycosis Mucor irregularis Primary cutaneous mucormycosis Secondary cutaneous mucormycosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keshavamurthy Vinay
    • 1
  • Ariganesh Chandrasegaran
    • 1
  • Amrinder J. Kanwar
    • 1
  • Uma N. Saikia
    • 2
  • Harsimran Kaur
    • 3
  • M. R. Shivaprakash
    • 3
  • Sunil Dogra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Venereology and LeprologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of HistopathologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  3. 3.Department of Medical MicrobiologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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