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Cutaneous Zygomycosis (Mucormycosis) Complicating Endotracheal Intubation : Diagnosis and Successful Treatment

Matthew Dickinson; Tul Kalayanamit; Christine A. Yang; Gregory J. Pomper; Cecelia Franco-Webb; David Rodman
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Affiliations: From the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver,  From the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver,  From the Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver


Chest. 1998;114(1):340-342. doi:
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Abstract

Diagnosis and successful therapy for primary cutaneous zygomycosis (mucormycosis) that complicated the securing of an endotracheal tube with cloth tape. Primary cutaneous mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection noted most often in immunosuppressed individuals. Cloth tape, of the type commonly used to secure endotracheal tubes, often is contaminated with fungal spores. In the case reported here, cloth tape securing the endotracheal tube was the probable vector for transmission of zygomycosis to a moderately imunocompromised host. Rapid diagnosis and combined medical and surgical therapy resulted in a favorable outcome.


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