Rhinocerebral mucormycosis: A case of a rare, but deadly disease

Robert G. Hendrickson, Jonathan Olshaker, Olly Duckett

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Rhinocerebral mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection of the nasal cavity and sinuses that can spread to the orbits and cranium within days. Its presentation can be confused with those of sinusitis, viral infections, diabetic ketoacidosis, or carotid sinus thrombosis, and it is often missed at early presentation. Survival is directly linked to early detection and treatment. We present a case of rhinocerebral mucormycosis and discuss the literature on its early signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, and treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-645
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Emergency medicine
  • Mucor
  • Mucorales
  • Mucormycosis
  • Sinusitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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