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Fatal mucormycosis presenting as an appendiceal mass with metastatic spread to the liver during chemotherapy-induced granulocytopenia.

Authors
  • ter Borg, F
  • Kuijper, E J
  • van der Lelie, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1990
Volume
22
Issue
4
Pages
499–501
Identifiers
PMID: 2218411
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Opportunistic fungal infections occur with increasing frequency during chemotherapy induced granulocytopenia. A 27-year-old woman developed mucormycosis in the ileocecal region with fatal dissemination to the liver while receiving consolidation therapy for acute T-lymphoblastic leukemia. The infection occurred during a period of decreased colonization resistance in the intestinal tract. Early symptoms were high fever unresponsive to broad spectrum antibiotics, severe pain in the right lower abdominal quadrant and diarrhoea. This was followed by an infiltrate in the right abdomen, ileus, and icterus. Diagnosis was established in the living patient by thin needle aspiration from affected liver tissue. Giemsa's stain and fungal cultures revealed Mucor indicus. The fatal outcome of disseminated mucormycosis justifies a high index of suspicion and a maximal (invasive) diagnostic effort as localised infections might be cured by resection and amphotericin B.

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