Fulminant auricular mucormycosis in a diabetic patient


  • Fabio Muradás Girardi Head and Neck Department, Ana Nery Hospital, Santa Cruz do Sul, RS, Brazil
  • Anderson Lima da Rocha Laboratório Hermes Pardini, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Mireille Angelo Bernardes Sousa Laboratório Hermes Pardini, Belo Horizonte. MG, Brazil
  • Michelle Virginia Eidt Ana Nery Hospital, Santa Cruz do Sul, RS, Brazil


Mucormycosis, fungal infections, diabetes, Rhizopus


Human mucormycosis is an atypical fungal infection that commonly affects the skin, but rarely the auricular region. A 32-year-old diabetic woman, agricultural worker, was admitted with swelling, redness and mild signs of epidermolysis of the left ear, associated with intense pain, facial paralysis and septic signs. The ear cellulitis evolved into necrosis of the same region on the following day. Surgical debridement was performed and antimycotic therapy was started with poor response. The patient died in 48h. Culture was confirmatory for Rhizopus sp.

Keywords: Mucormycosis; fungal infections; diabetes; Rhizopus


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Girardi FM, da Rocha AL, Sousa MAB, Eidt MV. Fulminant auricular mucormycosis in a diabetic patient. Clin Biomed Res [Internet]. 15º de dezembro de 2017 [citado 10º de junho de 2023];37(4). Disponível em: https://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/hcpa/article/view/74514



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