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Cutaneous zygomycosis: A possible postoperative complication in immunocompetent individuals

Author(s): Tilak Ragini | Raina Prabhat | Gupta Sanjeev | Tilak Vijai | Prakash Pradyot | Gulati Anil

Journal: Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology
ISSN 0378-6323

Volume: 75;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 596;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Potassium hydroxide preparation | Cutaneous zygomycosis | Immunocompetent host | Rhizopus arrhizus

Fungi in the class of zygomycetes usually produce serious infections in diabetics and immunocompromised hosts. Cutaneous zygomycosis is a less common form, with an unpredictable extent of anatomical involvement and clinical course. Here, we report two cases of primary cutaneous zygomycosis as postoperative complications in otherwise healthy females. Zygomycosis was suspected and specimens from the surgical debridement were examined by microbiological and histopathological studies for confirming the clinical diagnosis. Rapid diagnosis, liposomal amphotericin B, and proper debridement of affected tissue are necessary to avoid a fatal outcome.
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