Cunninghamella Bertholletiae Infection (Mucormycosis) in a Patient With Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Leuk Lymphoma. 2004 Mar;45(3):617-20. doi: 10.1080/1042819031000139693.


Cunninghamella spp. are unusual opportunistic pathogens that have been identified with increased frequency in immunocompromised patients. Clinical infection by this fungus is almost always devastating and usually fatal. Infections with this group of organisms have been seen most frequently in patients with hematological malignancy. Here we report the case of a patient with acute leukemia who developed multiorganic failure as a consequence of hematological dissemination by Cunninghamella bertholletiae. The case highlights the mortality associated with this fungal infection in immunocompromised patients, confirms the risk factors associated with non-candida fungal infections and shows a clinical presentation mimicking myocardial infarct and cerebrovascular stroke.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cunninghamella / isolation & purification
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Leukemia-Lymphoma, Adult T-Cell / complications*
  • Male
  • Mucormycosis / diagnosis
  • Mucormycosis / etiology*
  • Multiple Organ Failure / microbiology
  • Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis