Medical Must-See: Aussie woman’s rare ‘black fungus’ bowel infection

The case is just one of seven reported in Australia.
Intraoperative photograph showing multiple areas of small bowel perforation due to gastrointestinal mucormycosis.

It was a lucky, albeit long and arduous, escape for a 63-year-old woman in Adelaide after she became one of only seven cases of gastrointestinal invasive mucormycosis to be reported in Australia.

The rare “opportunistic” infection — also known as black fungus — has a high mortality rate of about 60%.