A case of invasive pulmonary mucormycosis resulting from short courses of corticosteroids in a well-controlled diabetic patient.

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A case of invasive pulmonary mucormycosis resulting from short courses of corticosteroids in a well-controlled diabetic patient.

Med Mycol Case Rep. 2020 Sep;29:22-24

Authors: Hoang K, Abdo T, Reinersman JM, Lu R, Higuita NIA

Abstract
A patient with well-controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus developed a severe pulmonary infection secondary to Rhizopus spp. after receiving short courses of corticosteroids for a respiratory tract infection. He recovered after an aggressive surgical intervention and treatment with isavuconazole. Patients on chronic corticosteroid therapy have a higher risk for pulmonary mucormycosis, but there are much fewer reports of mucormycosis occurring in patients after only short courses of steroid therapy.

PMID: 32547914 [PubMed]