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Case Reports in Pulmonology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 120809, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/120809
Case Report

Pulmonary Mucormycosis: An Emerging Infection

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
2Division of Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

Received 31 October 2012; Accepted 27 November 2012

Academic Editors: N. Koyama, I. Lang, and K. M. Nugent

Copyright © 2012 Mohammed Muqeetadnan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mucormycosis is a rare, but emerging, life-threatening, rapidly progressive, angioinvasive fungal infection that usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of pulmonary mucormycosis in a diabetic patient who was on chronic steroid therapy for ulcerative colitis. Early recognition of this diagnosis, along with aggressive management, is critical to effective therapy and patient survival. The delay in diagnosis of this rapidly progressive infection can result in mortality.