Abdominal imaging findings in gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis

Kristina T. Flicek, Holenarasipur R. Vikram, Giovanni D. De Petris, C. Daniel Johnson

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Purpose: To describe the abdominal imaging findings of patients with gastrointestinal Basidiobolus ranarum infection.

Methods: A literature search was performed to compile the abdominal imaging findings of all reported worldwide cases of gastrointestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB). In addition, a retrospective review at our institution was performed to identify GIB cases that had imaging findings. A radiologist aware of the diagnosis reviewed the imaging findings in detail. Additional information was obtained from the medical records.

Results: A total of 73 GIB cases have been published in the medical literature. The most common abdominal imaging findings were masses in the colon, the liver, or multiple sites and bowel wall thickening. Initially, many patients were considered to have either a neoplasm or Crohn disease. We identified 7 proven cases of GIB at our institution, of which 4 had imaging studies (4 computed tomography [CT] examinations, 4 abdominal radiographs, and an upper gastrointestinal study). Imaging studies showed abnormalities in all 4 cases. Three-fourths of our study patients had an abdominal mass at CT. Two of 3 masses involved the kidneys and included urinary obstruction. All masses showed an inflammatory component with adjacent soft tissue stranding, with or without abscess formation.

Conclusions: Radiologists should consider GIB when a patient from an arid climate presents with abdominal pain, weight loss, and an inflammatory abdominal mass on CT. Abdominal masses of the colon or liver, bowel wall thickening, and abscesses are the most common imaging findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-250
Number of pages5
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015


  • Basidiobolomycosis
  • Fungal infection
  • Gastrointestinal infection
  • Tumor simulator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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