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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2017, Article ID 1424618, 5 pages
Case Report

Invasive Mucormycosis Induced Pneumopericardium: A Rare Cause of Pneumopericardium in an Immunocompromised Patient

1Griffin Hospital, Ansonia, CT 06401, USA
2Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
3Nishtar Hospital, Multan 60000, Pakistan
4University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Hafez Mohammad Ammar Abdullah; moc.liamg@halludbaramma.rd

Received 15 February 2017; Accepted 30 April 2017; Published 17 May 2017

Academic Editor: Tomoyuki Shibata

Copyright © 2017 Sana Khan 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.


Mucor and Rhizopus cause life-threatening infections primarily involving the lungs and sinuses, which disseminate very rapidly by necrosis and infarction of the contiguous tissues. We present a case of a 64-year-old African American posttransplant patient who presented with a productive cough and weight loss. He had a past surgical history of renal transplant for renal cell carcinoma and was on dual immunosuppressive therapy, that is, mycophenolate and tacrolimus. During his hospital stay, he developed a pneumopericardium due to the direct extension of a lung lesion. The diagnosis was made by radiological imaging and PCR result which was consistent with Mucor species. He was treated with antifungal therapy. The purpose of this report is to highlight the unusual association of mucormycosis with pneumopericardium.