Fatal cellulitis caused by Apophysomyces elegans

Indian J Med Microbiol. 2007 Jul;25(3):285-7. doi: 10.4103/0255-0857.34778.


A case of cellulitis of the left lateral side of the face caused by the zygomycete Apophysomyces elegans in a healthy male following a road traffic accident is reported. The contaminated soil was the source of fungus. Broad aseptate fungal hyphae were seen in the necrosed tissues. Extensive tissue debridement and treatment with amphotericin B were not successful in controlling the rapid invasion of the tissues by the fungus. Patient developed angioinvasion, severe cellulitis and finally succumbed to the infection three weeks after admission.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cellulitis / etiology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucorales / isolation & purification*
  • Mucormycosis / complications*
  • Mucormycosis / microbiology