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Saksenaea mucormycosis: a rare and dangerous cause of necrotising fasciitis


Necrotising fasciitis is a rapidly progressing soft tissue infection requiring early and adequate surgical debridement and appropriate antibiotic cover. The present case highlights bacterial fasciitis associated with fungal (Mucor) infection with insidious angioinvasive nature (Saksenaea vasiformis) which required amputation, negative-pressure vacuum dressings and amphotericin B for definitive treatment. This demonstrates a relatively rare case of the group IV classification of necrotising fasciitis, which we must consider when there is slowly progressing tissue death despite seemingly adequate treatment.

  • General surgery
  • Pathology

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