Perforated appendicitis with gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis: A rare finding

Viraj Pandit, Peter Rhee, Hassan Aziz, Qasim Jehangir, Randall S. Friese, Bellal Joseph

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Background: Basidiobolomycosis is a rare fungal infection caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum. Gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) is an unusual presentation of the fungal infection that is reported sparsely in the literature, but is an emerging infection in the southwestern United States. Lack of awareness of GIB has resulted in its delayed diagnosis and in extensive morbidity and mortality in patients with GIB. Methods: Case report and literature review. Case Report: We report the rare case of a young female with GIB that presented as perforated appendicitis with abscess formation. Conclusion: Although GIB is rare, immediate and aggressive therapy should be initiated when it is diagnosed. Both long-term medical and surgical treatment is required for its definitive management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-342
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical Infections
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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