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Case of cutaneous Rhizopus infection in an extremely preterm infant
  1. Heather White,
  2. Faith Emery
  1. Southmead Neonatal Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust, Westbury on Trym, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Heather White, Southmead Neonatal Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust, BS10 5NB, UK; heatherawhite{at}

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Survival of immunocompromised, extremely preterm infants has created a cohort of patients who are vulnerable to opportunistic cutaneous fungal infections. Frequent use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and poor skin integrity increase this predilection. Cases of cutaneous Aspergillus and Zygomycetes, predominantly Rhizopus, have been documented and are associated with high mortality.1 A combination of systemic antifungal agents and surgical debridement has been shown to optimise survival.2 …

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