Gastrointestinal zygomycotic infection caused by Basidiobolus ranarum: Case report and review

Dani Margot Zavasky, Wade Samowitz, Terrence Loftus, Helene Segal, Karen Carroll

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Basidiobolus species are filamentous fungi belonging to the order Entomophthorales. Unlike other zygomycetes, Basidiobolus species have been mainly associated with a tropical form of subcutaneous zygomycosis in otherwise healthy individuals. Visceral disease caused by this pathogen is rare, but cases of gastrointestinal infection with Basidiobolus ranarum have been reported worldwide. In many of these reports, the inflammatory disease of the colon has been confused with Crohn's disease. We report the third case of B. ranarum gastrointestinal infection in the United States, which was initially treated as inflammatory bowel disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1248
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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