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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-68

Refractory mucormycosis: A possible cause for maxillary necrosis

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of ENT, St. John's Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Anjana Arora
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, The Oxford Dental College, Bommanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jid.jid_18_15

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Mucormycosis (zygomycosis or phycomycosis) is an opportunistic fungal infection caused by a saprophytic fungus that belongs to the class of phycomycetes. It is commonly associated with immunocompromised patients. Such patients may present with extensive jaw bone necrosis and pose a diagnostic challenge for an oral physician. Here, we describe our clinical experience of a 55-year-old diabetic, hypothyroidism female with extensive necrosis of the maxilla due to refractory mucormycosis, a lethal fungal infection which necessitates multidisciplinary approach for treatment.

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