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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2003 Dec;22(12):753-6. Epub 2003 Nov 6.

Mucormycosis: ten-year experience at a tertiary-care center in Greece.

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Laiko General Hospital, First Department of Propaedeutic Medicine, Infectious Diseases Laboratory G.K. Daikos, Athens University, 17 Agiou Thoma Street, 115 27 Athens, Greece.


Presented here are the results of a retrospective analysis of all mucormycoses infections recorded at a tertiary hospital in Greece during the last 10 years. A total of 24 patients were identified, 15 male and 9 female, with ages ranging from 37 to 80 years. Twelve of the patients had soft tissue infections (2 with concomitant pulmonary infections), and 12 had rhinocerebral infections. Transmission could be traced in two cases; to nitroglycerin patches in one patient and to a lemon-tree-thorn scratch in the other. Among the 17 patients who underwent surgery, 11 survived. All seven patients on whom surgery was not performed died. Rapid diagnosis and treatment of mucormycosis are essential for patient survival. The severity of the patient's underlying condition, the degree of immunosuppression, and prompt surgical treatment are the most important factors contributing to the outcome.

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