Till two decades back zygomycosis due to fungi belonging to the class Zygomycetes
and the order Mucorales was considered rare fatal opportunistic fungal infection.
Basidiobolus ranarum is a fungus belonging to the Entomophthoraceae family of the class Zygomycetes
and is mainly associated with subcutaneous fat tissue infection involving the limbs, trunk, or buttocks.
Mucormycosis is a rapidly progressive, opporttmistic mycotic infection caused by fungi of the class Zygomycetes
, order Mucorales, and generaRhizapus, Rhizamucor, andAbsidia.
It is caused by fungi belonging to class Zygomycetes
, order Mucorales.
Zygomycosis/Mucomycosis: Zygomycosis (also called mucomycosis) is a generic term which refers to infections of the class Zygomycetes
(also called Phycomycetes); they tend to be both opportunistic and invasive.
Mucormycosis includes diseases caused by all members of the class Zygomycetes
, hence it is also known as zygomycosis.
Organisms of the class Zygomycetes
, which includes the orders Mucorales and Entomophthorales, are well-known causes of infection in the upper and lower respiratory tract, orbit, meninges, brain, and other sites.