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Mucormycosis Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

  • Symptoms of infections of the sinuses and the brain (rhinocerebral mucormycosis):
    • Acute sinusitis
    • Fever
    • Swollen or protruding eyes
    • Dark nasal scabs
    • Redness of the skin over the sinuses
  • Symptoms of infections of the lungs (pulmonary mucormycosis):
    • Fever
    • Cough; occasionally coughing up blood
    • Shortness of breath
  • Symptoms of infections of the gastrointestinal tract (gastrointestinal mucormycosis):
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting blood
  • Symptoms of infections in the kidneys (renal mucormycosis):
    • Pain in the side between the upper abdomen and the back
    • Fever

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

Tests may include the following:

  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the affected area
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the affected area
  • Analysis of a tissue sample

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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