Rhizopus necrotizing fasciitis of caesarean wound - A rare life threatening condition

Abdul Rehman Alvi, Ghina Shamsi

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Mucormycosis is a rare cause of necrotizing fasciitis in immunocompromised patients. We report a young female, who developed rhizopus necrotizing fasciitis of caesarean wound. The lady died secondary to non-responding sepsis and irreversible multi-organ failure. High index of suspicion can lead to early diagnosis by frozen section of histopathology and fungal culture technique. Aggresive surgical debridement and intravenous anti-fungal medication is the main stay of treatment. A delay in diagnosis and treatment may cause multi-organ failure leading to high mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-581
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2009


  • Caesarean wound
  • Fungal fasciitis
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Postoperative rhizopus fasciitis


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