January 17, 2021

Doctors flag Govt-linked deadly fungal infection after 12 cases were found in Ganga Ram Hospital in 15 days

Issued by: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: December 15, 2020 9:25:56 AM


Symptoms include numbness of the face, nasal congestion, or swelling or pain in the eyes. ENT takes samples for the surgical culture and initiates robust medical treatment that can prevent clinical loss.

Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have found more than a dozen cases of Govit-19-induced mycomycosis fungus – which causes loss of vision, nose and jaw bone removal and 50 per cent death in cases affecting the brain – within 15 days.

Black fungus, or mycomycosis, formerly known as zygomycosis, is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mycorrhizals in the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people with health problems or taking medications that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and diseases.

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Black fungus or Mucormycosis is caused by a group of molds called mucoromycetes. Cold-mycosis mainly affects people with health problems or taking medications that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and diseases.

Dr Manish Munjal, a senior ENT surgeon at the hospital, said: “The frequency with which Kovit occurs is dangerous, triggering high morbidity and mortality. Early clinical suspicion of symptoms such as nasal congestion, swelling in the eyes or cheeks, and black dry crust on the nose should prompt a biopsy and begin fungal treatment. ”

Symptoms include numbness of the face, nasal congestion, or swelling or pain in the eyes. ENT takes samples for the surgical culture and initiates robust medical treatment that can prevent clinical loss.

On one occasion, a 32-year-old man recovering from Covit-19 experienced left-sided nasal congestion, which quickly turned into eye swelling within two days, after which he approached doctors. Since the left side of his face was completely numb, he was brought to the hospital emergency in a somewhat distracted and confused state.

“His tests revealed the presence of elevated levels of sugar and infection, but even worse, the killer, Mooker, sampled the presence of a rare fungus from nasal debris. The MRI infection had already destroyed significant areas of his left side sinuses, eye, upper jaw bone and muscles. , And even went into the brain, ”said Dr. Munchal.

An extensive surgical excision was performed by ENT and ophthalmologists, and the patient then had to receive life-saving antifungal medication and more important maintenance support for more than two weeks.

Doctors said early detection can prevent loss of vision, nose or jaw through medical intervention. Dr. Shalu Pakeja, a senior ophthalmologist at the hospital, said: “Orbital involvement (bone cavity containing the eye sight) is a major development in the course of the disease and is not only a risk factor for permanent loss of vision but also the involvement of the brain in death in mucochromycosis. ”

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