Invasive Infection Due to Apophysomyces elegans in Immunocompetent Hosts

Winkler G. Weinberg, Barbara H. Wade, George Cierny, David Stacy, Michael G. Rinaldi

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A previously well 59-year-old man developed necrotizing, invasive cellulitis and subsequent osteomyelitis at what was judged to be the site of a bite or sting. The pathogen isolated was Apophysomyces elegans. Eventually, in addition to treatment with intravenous amphotericin B, en bloc resection was required for cure. Only six previous cases of A. elegans infection have been reported in the literature. The lack of underlying disease in six of the total of seven cases contrasts with the usual findings for other zygomycoses. This article describes all seven reported cases as well as the characteristics of this unique fungal pathogen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-884
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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