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February 19, 1968

Burn-Wound Infection With Phycomycetes Requiring Amputation of Hand

Author Affiliations

From the US Army Surgical Research Unit, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Tex.

JAMA. 1968;203(8):596. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140080056017

A phycomycotic burn-wound infection of the fingers occurred in a severely burned patient. Extensive ischemic necrosis developed due to the tendency for this group of fungi to invade vessels, and amputation of the hand was required. An increase in fungal colonization of the burn wound has also been noted coincident with the use of topical chemotherapy.