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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2011, Article ID 685460, 3 pages
Case Report

Basidiobolomycosis of the Colon Masquerading as Stenotic Colon Cancer

1Department of Surgery, Armed Forces Hospital Southern Region, P.O. Box 101, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Received 5 July 2011; Accepted 8 August 2011

Academic Editors: T. E. Madiba, K. Reavis, P. Soon, and Y.-B. Tang

Copyright © 2011 M. Ezzedien Rabie 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.


Basidiobolus ranarum is a widespread saprophyte fungus with pathogenic potential. It affects mainly the subcutaneous tissues of the trunk and limbs. Relatively recently, occasional reports of gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis appeared in the literature. Due to the rarity of the condition and the nonspecific presenting features, the correct diagnosis is usually hard to reach. In this paper, we describe the clinical course of an otherwise healthy female, who presented with a colonic mass. She received subtotal colectomy followed by oral itraconazole, with successful outcome.