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Diagnosis & Testing of Mucormycosis

How Do I Know if I Have Mucormycosis?

If you have symptoms of the infection, you should see your health care provider. A health care provider can diagnose mucormycosis by taking a sample of infected tissue and sending it to a laboratory. There, the sample will be examined under a microscope.

Clinical Diagnosis

The microbiological or pathological demonstration of Mucorales in infected tissues is helpful in obtaining a diagnosis. Culture of non-sterile sites (e.g., lung or sinuses) is helpful in patients with infection that is clinically consistent with mucormycosis. Mucorales may be difficult to differentiate from other filamentous fungi; experienced pathological and microbiological assistance is often helpful. No routine serologic tests for mucormycosis are currently available. DNA-based techniques for detection are not yet fully standardized or commercially available.

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