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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,


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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