Ileal mucormycosis diagnosed by colonoscopy in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia

Jae Yong Han, Jae Hee Cheon, Duk Hwan Kim, Hong Jae Chon, Sang Kyum Kim, Tae Il Kim, Yoo Hong Min, Won Ho Kim

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Abstract

Gastrointestinal mucormycosis is an uncommon opportunistic fungal infection often presents in immunocompromised patients. Direct invasion of the intestinal walls by spores from ingested food is the main pathogenetic mechanism of this disease, which usually takes place in stomach and colon. Early diagnosis is critical, especially in vascular invasive types, due to its high mortality rate close to 100%. In the past when appropriate diagnostic tools were not available, mucormycosis were frequently found with autopsy. The advance in current endoscopic technology has increased diagnostic rate and made successful management available with appropriate treatments such as debridement of contaminated tissues. In this case report, we discussed a case of ileal mucormycosis diagnosed by colonoscopy and treated with anti-fungal agent successfully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Volume52
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Han, J. Y., Cheon, J. H., Kim, D. H., Chon, H. J., Kim, S. K., Kim, T. I., Min, Y. H., & Kim, W. H. (2008). Ileal mucormycosis diagnosed by colonoscopy in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia. The Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi, 52(3), 179-182.