Emerging Fungal Infection Mimics Gastrointestinal Cancer



Holenarasipur (HR) R. Vikram, MD, infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, describes the emergence of gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis (an invasive fungal infection) in desert regions of the U.S. southwest.

Once only found in tropical and subtropical parts of the world, the infection causes skin and soft-tissue infection, the clinical findings of which mimic malignancy and inflammatory bowel disease.