Chronic rhinofacial mucormycosis caused by Mucor irregularis (Rhizomucor variabilis) in India

B. M. Hemashettar, R. N. Patil, Kerry O'Donnell, Vishnu Chaturvedi, Ping Ren, Arvind A. Padhye

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In this article, we describe a chronic case of rhinofacial mucormycosis caused by Mucor irregularis, formerly known as Rhizomucor variabilis var. variabilis, a rare mycotic agent in humans. The infection caused progressive destruction of the nasal septum and soft and hard palate, leading to collapse of the nose bridge and an ulcerative gaping hole. The mucoralean mold cultured from a nasal biopsy specimen was determined by multilocus DNA sequence data to be conspecific with M. irregularis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2372-2375
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


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  • Microbiology (medical)

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