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Risk Factors

A weakened immune system increases your chance of mucormycosis. Conditions or treatments that weaken your immune system include:
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of diabetes
  • HIV infection
  • Leukemia or lymphoma
  • Being the recipient of an organ transplant
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Treatment with deferoxamine—an antidote to iron poisoning
  • Metabolic acidosis—too much acid in the blood
Chronic sinus infection can also increase your risk of mucormycosis.
Sinus Cavity
Sinus Infection
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National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



The Canadian Lung Association

Health Canada



Mucormycosis. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated February 13, 2014. Accessed June 19, 2014.

Mucormycosis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated October 18, 2013. Accessed June 19, 2014.

Radha S, Tameem T, Fernandez DK, Satyanarayana G. Gastric zygomycosis (mucormycosis). The Internet J Pathol. 2007;5(2).


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