A rapidly fatal palatal ulcer: rhinocerebral mucormycosis

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology
A J Van der WesthuijzenA Padayachee

Abstract

A case of a patient with a palatal ulcer who was in a diabetic ketoacidotic coma is described. This ulcer proved to be the presenting sign of rhinocerebral mucormycosis. The patient had hemifacial swelling, ocular signs, and gross tissue destruction and died less than 4 weeks after she was first seen.

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