Fungus Follows Virus
THE WEEK|May 23, 2021
Pandemic has led to an increase in the incidence of mucormycosis, which can be life-threatening
Mini P. Thomas

Lokesh Kumar, 70, from Bengaluru, was on steroids after being diagnosed with Covid-19. He had no history of diabetes and was under home quarantine.

Kumar’s condition improved in two weeks. “However, he developed a one-sided nose block, and, gradually, there was a swelling on the right eye. Over the next three to four days, Kumar’s vision was deteriorating. He was unable to count fingers even one foot away from his face,’’ said Dr Susheen Dutt, consultant ENT specialist at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghata Road, Bengaluru.

Kumar was diagnosed with mucormycosis. “He already had significant progression of the problem observed on the MRI scan. After his right eye was removed, he underwent radical sinus debridement. This was followed by aggressive anti-fungal treatment in the form of intravenous amphotericin-B. Kumar has managed to survive and is getting discharged on day 14,’’ said Dutt.

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