Successful treatment of a child with posttraumatic necrotizing fasciitis caused by apophysomyces elegans: Case report and review of literature

Faisal N. Kordy, Ibrahim Z. Al-Mohsen, Fuad Hashem, Edna Almodovar, Sami Al Hajjar, Thomas J. Walsh

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Abstract

Apophysomyces elegans is an uncommon human pathogen that causes deeply invasive infections in immunocompromised patients and cutaneous infection in immunocompetent patients. We report the development of severe deep soft tissue zygomycosis caused by A. elegans in an otherwise healthy child after trauma. She was successfully treated with surgical debridements and antifungal therapy with liposomal amphotericin B. A review of the literature indicates that zygomycosis caused by A. elegans is associated with traumatic inoculation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-879
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

Keywords

  • Apophysomyces
  • Fungal
  • Necrotizing fasciitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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