Issue Description Mucormycosis is caused by fungi of several
different species, including Mucor, Rhizopus, Absidia, and Rhizomucor.
When these organisms gain access to the mucous membranes of the
patient's nose or lungs, they multiply rapidly and invade the nearby
blood vessels. The fungi destroy soft tissue and bone, as well as the
walls of blood vessels.
Symptoms The early symptoms of rhinocerebral
mucormycosis include fever, sinus pain, headache, and cellulitis. As
the fungus reaches the eye tissues, the patient develops dilated
pupils, drooping eyelids, a bulging eye, and eventually hemorrhage of
the blood vessels in the brain-- causing convulsions, partial
paralysis, and death.
The symptoms of pulmonary mucormycosis include fever and
difficulty breathing, with eventual bleeding from the lungs.
The symptoms of gastrointestinal mucormycosis are not unique to the
disease, which may complicate diagnosis. Patients typically complain
of pressure or pain in the abdomen, nausea, and vomiting.
Treatment No canine treatment information available.