Uncontrolled diabetes main reason for Black Fungus: Consultants

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LUCKNOW: Uncontrolled diabetes is a major factor in acquiring black fungus infection or mucormycosis, which occurs in Covid-19 patients after recovery and leads to further complications

An online event hosted by the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences with 52 experts on Saturday to discuss the issue aimed to prepare the workforce so that patients don’t fall victim to the infection, and they get over inform the relevant treatment protocols.

SGPGI Director Prof. RK Dhiman said, “Mucormycosis is a rare, opportunistic invasive fungal infection that occurs in immunocompromised patients. Uncontrolled diabetes is the most common risk factor for acquiring this infection. These fungal spores are in the air, soil and air present Covid-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes who are undergoing treatment with steroids have an increased risk of infection. “

The infection can be successfully managed and managed using a multidisciplinary approach, and the roles of the microbiologist, ENT specialist, ophthalmologist and diabetologist are critical to achieving successful results, he said.

Meanwhile, nine more cases of black fungus infections were reported at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) on Saturday, reaching 17 since March.

Of the nine cases, three patients were referred from other hospitals after they were diagnosed with black fungus infection, while five developed the complication at home.

One patient developed symptoms during treatment in the IDH ward of the KGMU.

With these nine new cases, the number of mucormycosis patients treated at the KGMU has risen to 13.

Of these, seven also have Covid, while others had recovered from the novel coronavirus infection and were admitted to the post-Covid ward, including one in the intensive care unit, to treat black fungus.

KGMU spokesman Dr. Sudhir Singh said everyone else is stable when the patient is not in the intensive care unit.

The patient in the intensive care unit underwent an operation in which ENT experts removed all of the dead tissue.