Systemic Apophysomyces elegans after trauma: Case report and literature review

Jue Wang, Charles M. Harvey, Jason H. Calhoun, Li Yan Yin, Jon T. Mader

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We present a case of systemic fungal infection caused by Apophysomyces elegans in a 50-year-old patient who developed a progressive skin lesion after a motor vehicle crash. Histopathological and mycological examination of the surgical sample showed non-septated hyphae characteristic of mucoraceous fungi. Despite extensive surgical debridement, and parenteral administration of amphotericin B, the patient died of multi-organ failure. Autopsy findings suggested systemic involvement. The fungi recovered from culture had non-apophyseal and globose sporangi, and branched sporaniophores and was identified as Apophyso-myces elegans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-289
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Infections
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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