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Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis Complicated by Bacterial Brain Abscess.

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Summary of "Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis Complicated by Bacterial Brain Abscess."

Mucormycosis is a rare life-threatening fungal infection occurring primarily in patients with diabetics or immunocompromised patients. The authors report a case of mucormycosis in a patient with diabetes complicated by bacterial brain abscess. The bacteria cultured from the abscess were Staphylococcus epidermidis and Enterococcus faecalis. The abscess was surgically drained and treated with antibiotics. A brief review of mucormycosis and brain abscess including treatment is provided in the discussion.

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From the Corpus Christi Family Medicine Residency Program (pc), 2606 Hospital Boulevard, Corpus Christ, Texas; Department of Pharmacy Practice (mah), College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Kingsville, Texas; Department of Family Medicine &

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Name: The American journal of the medical sciences
ISSN: 1538-2990
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