Systemic zygomycosis caused by Apophysomyces elegans

J Med Vet Mycol. 1986 Feb;24(1):57-65.


A case of systemic zygomycosis caused by Apophysomyces elegans in a 56-year-old man is described. The left kidney and the bladder showed presence of broad, nonseptate-to-infrequently septate hyphae in both the bladder lesion and in the septic kidney. Surgical debridement and treatment with amphotericin B cured the infection. No underlying immune defect was ever demonstrated, and the patient was not hyperglycemic or acidotic at any time. This zygomycetous fungus closely resembles Absidia corymbifera, but is distinguished by its distinctive morphological features.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Kidney Diseases / microbiology
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucormycosis / diagnosis
  • Mucormycosis / pathology*
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases / etiology
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases / microbiology
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases / pathology