Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with mucormycosis (zygomycosis)?

Updated: Jul 06, 2021
  • Author: Avnish Sandhu, DO; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Patient survival from mucormycosis requires rapid diagnosis and aggressive coordinated medical and surgical therapy. To that effect, consultations with various specialists are critical.

Infectious disease consultation is warranted for management of antifungal therapy and coordination of medical care.

Surgical specialty consultations depend on the location of disease, as follows:

  • Otolaryngology (ENT) consultation and neurosurgery consultation for rhinocerebral mucormycosis
  • Thoracic surgery consultation for pulmonary involvement
  • Gastroenterology (GI) surgery consultation for gastrointestinal involvement
  • Plastic surgery consultation for cutaneous involvement

In addition, endocrinology consultation may be necessary for the management of unstable diabetes, hematology/oncology consultation may be needed for the management of issues related to underlying malignancy, and surgical intensive care unit (SICU) consultation is important for perioperative care.


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