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Necrotizing Mucormycosis of Wounds Following Combat Injuries, Natural Disasters, Burns, and Other Trauma

Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Microbiology & Immunology; Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10065, USA
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
Departments of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University, New York, NY 10065, USA
Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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J. Fungi 2019, 5(3), 57;
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 28 June 2019 / Accepted: 1 July 2019 / Published: 4 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mucorales and Mucormycosis)
Necrotizing mucormycosis is a devastating complication of wounds incurred in the setting of military (combat) injuries, natural disasters, burns, or other civilian trauma. Apophysomyces species, Saksenaea species and Lichtheimia (formerly Absidia) species, although uncommon as causes of sinopulmonary mucormycosis, are relatively frequent agents of trauma-related mucormycosis. The pathogenesis of these infections likely involves a complex interaction among organism, impaired innate host defenses, and biofilms related to traumatically implanted foreign materials. Effective management depends upon timely diagnosis, thorough surgical debridement, and early initiation of antifungal therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: mucormycosis; antifungal therapy mucormycosis; antifungal therapy
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Walsh, T.J.; Hospenthal, D.R.; Petraitis, V.; Kontoyiannis, D.P. Necrotizing Mucormycosis of Wounds Following Combat Injuries, Natural Disasters, Burns, and Other Trauma. J. Fungi 2019, 5, 57.

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