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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 269-271
Brief Communication

Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in a Renal Transplant Patient

Jill Tinmouth,1 Jeffrey Baker,1,2 and Geoffrey Gardiner3

1Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
2Department of Gastroenterology, St Michael’s Hospital, Canada
3Department of Pathology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Received 19 October 1999; Accepted 5 January 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


The clinical course and management of a rare case of gastrointestinal mucormycosis occurring in a renal transplant patient are presented. The diagnosis was made on pathological examination of surgically resected tissue from the colon, spleen and stomach. The patient did not survive the infection. To the best of our knowledge, this is the 11th reported case of gastrointestinal mucormycosis in a solid organ transplant patient. The pathophysiology, incidence and prognosis of this disease are discussed.