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IP Indian Journal of Immunology and Respiratory Medicine


Prompt surgical debridement with adequate antifungal treatment as effective combination therapy for pulmonary mucormycosis


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Author Details: Shegu Gilbert, Devender Singh, Sangita Sharma Mehta, Sivakumar M

Volume : 1

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2581-4222

Print ISSN : 2581-4214

Article First Page : 37

Article End Page : 39


Abstract

Pulmonary mucormycosis is an emerging life threatening fungal infection in the recent years. Immunocompromised patients and those with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus are exclusively affected by this infection. It carries a high mortality (40–76%) and morbidity. Here we present a patient, an elderly diabetic with fever and a cavity in the lung. He underwent lingulectomy and left lower lobectomy surgery. Histopathological examination of the specimen revealed numerous broad aseptate foldable fungal hyphae and sporangium suggesting pulmonary mucormycosis. He was treated with amphotericin B for six weeks. The patient was symptom free at his third month follow- up visit.

Keywords:
 Mucormycosis/Etiology, Lung diseases, Amphotericin B/Therapeutic use