This Article is From Nov 13, 2021

Rare Case Of Black Fungus Linked To Dengue Found, Says Delhi Hospital

The rare case of Black Fungus post-dengue recovery was found in a patient from Greater Noida, said a press release on Saturday.

Rare Case Of Black Fungus Linked To Dengue Found, Says Delhi Hospital

During the second Covid wave, a large number of Black Fungus cases were reported across India. (File)

New Delhi:

Within 15 days of recovery from dengue, a 49-year-old male patient has been admitted to a private hospital in Delhi with the complaint of Mucormycosis.

The rare case of Mucormycosis post-dengue recovery was found in the patient, Talib Mohammad from Greater Noida, who was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, said a press release on Saturday.

"A rare case of black fungus (mucormycosis) came into our view when Talib Mohammad came to the hospital reporting a sudden loss of vision from one eye post-dengue fever. It is the rarest of rare to see mucormycosis as a post-recovery complication in a dengue patient, as this condition is generally seen in people who have a history of diabetes, compromised immunity and various other infections. A deadly infection is caused by a group of fungus called Mucor. This fungus invades into the healthy tissues of the nose, sinuses, eye and brain so rapidly that any delay in diagnosis and management can lead to adverse long term complications," said Dr Suresh Singh Naruka, senior consultant ENT, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, who is leading the treatment of this patient.

"Diagnosing and managing a case of rhino-orbital (involving nose and eye) mucormycosis in a patient who has just recovered from dengue fever is very important, as even after best treatment, patients of mucormycosis can lose their eyesight permanently and in a state of an aggressive infection, removal of eye becomes necessary for preventing any further spread of infection," added Dr Atul Ahuja, senior consultant ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.

During the second wave of COVID-19, a large number of cases of Black Fungus were reported across the country, especially among COVID-19 patients who had co-morbidities like chronic diabetes.

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