Fatal rhinocerebral mucormycosis under the shade of hepatic encephalopathy

Ann Hepatol. Oct-Dec 2010;9(4):462-4.


Mucormycosis is an acutely fatal infection that occurs in immuncompromised patients. Cirrhosis is an acquired immune deficiency state and those patients are more prone to develop opportunistic infections. A 42-years-old cirrhotic man was admitted to our gastroenterology clinic with hepatic encephalopathy. Although he recovered from encephalopathy with supportive measurements, he developed paresthesia on the face. He was diagnosed with rhinocerebral mucormycosis and antifungal therapy was administered. Surgical treatment couldn.t be performed because of his bleeding diathesis and poor general condition. He succumbed on the 12th day of his admission.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Brain Diseases / drug therapy
  • Brain Diseases / microbiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy / diagnosis*
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy / etiology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Liver Cirrhosis / complications
  • Male
  • Mucormycosis / diagnosis*
  • Mucormycosis / drug therapy


  • Antifungal Agents