Mucormycosis of the Gastrointestinal Tract in a Child: A Rare Entity

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Mucormycosis of the Gastrointestinal Tract in a Child: A Rare Entity

Anwar-ul-Haq, Nadeem Akhter and Ilyas Bader
Department of Paediatric Surgery, The Children Hospital, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences,
Islamabad.
Mucormycosis is a rare infection caused by fungi of the order Mucorales. The infection occurs in
the rhinocerebral, respiratory, gastrointestinal or cutaneous regions depending upon the port of entry. It
is found more in immunocompromised adults. In children the predisposing conditions include
prematurity, neutropenia, acidosis and corticosteroid therapy. Mucormycosis of the gut is even a rarer
entity, which may be found in neonatal age, mimicking the picture of necrotising enterocolitis. We
present a rare pathology of intestinal mucormycosis in an 18 months old child who presented with abdominal
mass and fever.

         

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