Ophthalmic Medical Technology Student
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
What is Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis?
Mucormycosis is caused by several different mold fungi in the class of the Zygomycetes. Rhizopus oryzae is the most common etiologic agent of mucormycosis. These fungi may sequester in decaying matter such as compost piles or soil, and are ubiquitous. The type of mucormycosis that invades the paranasal sinuses is referred to as rhinocerebral mucormycosis. Susceptible parents include those with diabetes, or those who are immunocompromised.