Aortic Mycetoma from Disseminated Cunninghamella Species Infection

Rebecca S. Schapira*, Andrew J. Skabelund, Richard J. Upton, Tho Hua, Hui Xia, Michael J. Morris

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Cunninghamella species are aggressive, opportunistic fungi that are becoming more commonly reported in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of disseminated Cunninghamella sp. infection after stem cell transplant for refractory multiple myeloma with formation of bilateral pleural effusions and an aortic mycetoma. PCR analysis of the patient's aortic mycetoma demonstrated a 90% match to Cunninghamella spp. This case illustrates the potential for severe opportunistic fungal infections in immunocompromised patients that can mimic other disease processes and result in an accelerated demise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E919-E922
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 8 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


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