Within 15 days of recovering from dengue, a 49-year-old male patient was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi with a complaint of mucormycosis.
The rare case of post-recovery dengue mucormycosis was found in the patient, Talib Mohammad from Greater Noida, who was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, a press release said Saturday.
“A rare case of black fungus (mucormycosis) came to our sight when Talib Mohammad arrived at the hospital and reported a sudden loss of vision in one eye after dengue. It is very rare to see mucormycosis as a post-recovery complication in. a patient with dengue, as this condition is usually seen in people who have a history of diabetes, compromised immunity, and other infections. A fatal infection is caused by a group of fungi called Mucor. This fungus invades healthy tissues in the nose, the sinuses, eyes and brain so rapidly that any delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to long-term adverse complications, “said Dr. Suresh Singh Naruka, otolaryngologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, who leads the treatment of this patient.
“The diagnosis and treatment of a case of rhinoorbital mucormycosis (affecting the nose and eyes) in a patient who has just recovered from dengue fever is very important, because even after the best treatment, patients with mucormycosis may lose their sight permanently and in a state of aggressive infection, removal of the eye becomes necessary to prevent any spread of the infection, “added Dr. Atul Ahuja, senior consultant for otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Indraprastha Apollo hospitals.
During the second wave of COVID-19, a large number of black fungus cases were reported across the country, especially among COVID-19 patients who had comorbidities such as chronic diabetes.
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