Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2019 Sep;62(9):524-528. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2018.00675.

A Case of Nasal Septal and Oral Cavity Abscesses Resulting from Mucormycosis in an Immunocompromised Patient

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Bundang Jesaeng General Hospital, Daejin Medical Center, Seongnam, Korea. weejh07@hanmail.net

Abstract

Mucormycosis is a rare invasive and highly aggressive fungal infection, which shows rapid progression with life threatening complications in immunocompromised patients. Therefore, it is important to quickly recognize fungal infection in immunocompromised patients and start treatment with antifungal agents or perform surgical debridement. Most nasal septal abscesses are caused by post-traumatic hematoma and subsequent bacterial infection. In immunocompromised patients, nasal septal abscess can develop without trauma and may involve atypical pathogens like fungus. Herein we report a case of mucormycosis presenting with abscesses of nasal septum and gingivobuccal mucosa in an immunocompromised patient.

Keyword

Abscess; Immunocompromised host; Mucormycosis; Nasal septum

MeSH Terms

Abscess*
Antifungal Agents
Bacterial Infections
Debridement
Fungi
Hematoma
Immunocompromised Host*
Mouth*
Mucormycosis*
Mucous Membrane
Nasal Septum
Antifungal Agents
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