Primary cutaneous zygomycosis due to Saksenaea vasiformis and Apophysomyces elegans

Clin Infect Dis. 1997 Apr;24(4):580-3. doi: 10.1093/clind/24.4.580.


We report three cases of primary cutaneous zygomycosis due to either Saksenaea vasiformis (two patients) or Apophysomyces elegans (one patient). Extensive surgical debridement helped two patients recover from their infections. The underlying disease in the one patient who died was diabetes mellitus. We reviewed the literature on primary cutaneous zygomycosis and found that S. vasiformis and A. elegans were the etiologic agents in 16 and 13 earlier cases, respectively.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dermatomycoses / microbiology*
  • Dermatomycoses / therapy
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mucorales / isolation & purification*
  • Mucormycosis / microbiology*
  • Mucormycosis / therapy