A rare cause of intestinal perforation in an extreme low birth weight infant--gastrointestinal mucormycosis: a case report

J Perinatol. 2004 May;24(5):319-21. doi: 10.1038/sj.jp.7211090.


We report an extreme low birth weight infant with gastrointestinal mucormycosis (GM) mimicking necrotizing enterocolitis on day 15 of age. Emergency laparotomy confirmed ileal perforations. Subsequently, tissue histology confirmed GM. This is the most premature infant who survived after GM and is the third reported neonatal survivor in English literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / microbiology*
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight*
  • Intestinal Perforation / microbiology*
  • Male
  • Mucormycosis / complications*
  • Mucormycosis / diagnosis
  • Triplets*