A mould, in family Mucoraceae, an agent of mucormycosis. Includes A. corymbifera (most common clinical isolate) as well as Absidia coerulea, Absidia cylindrospora, Absidia glauca, Absidi. ramosa, and Absidia spinosa.
Invasive disease in the neutropenic, especially leukemic. Lung, CNS, rhinocerebral and cutaneous lead the list.
Amphotericin B, at high dose (1.5 mg/kg/d is a good start) but it is as effective as I would be in the ring with Mike Tyson. It is resistant to caspofungin, voriconazole, fluconazole and itraconazole in vivo (PubMed).
Barely susceptible to anything, it is best treated with resection if possible and reconstitution of the host immune system.
ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)