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BMJ Case Rep ; 14(4)2021 Apr 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1206018


A middle-aged woman with diabetes presented with left-sided facial pain, complete ptosis and fever of short duration. On presentation, she had hyperglycaemia without ketosis. There was total ophthalmoplegia of the left eye with a visual acuity of 6/36. She incidentally tested positive for COVID-19. CT paranasal sinus and MRI brain revealed left-sided pansinusitis with acute infarct in the left parieto-occipital region without angioinvasion. An emergency functional endoscopic sinus procedure was done, which confirmed mucormycosis on histopathological examination. After 1 week of conventional amphotericin B and antibiotics, repeat CT brain showed improvement in mucosal thickening and sinusitis. This case is a rare presentation of mucormycosis associated with rapid progression to orbital apex syndrome with brain infarction in a patient with non-ketotic diabetes and COVID-19. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent further end-organ damage. It is also interesting that there was no angioinvasion and transient periarterial inflammation was attributed to brain infarction.

Blepharoptosis/complications , COVID-19/complications , Diabetes Complications , Mucormycosis/diagnosis , Ophthalmoplegia/complications , Orbital Diseases/complications , Paranasal Sinus Diseases/complications , Amphotericin B/therapeutic use , Antifungal Agents/therapeutic use , Brain/diagnostic imaging , Female , Humans , Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Middle Aged , Mucormycosis/drug therapy , Orbital Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Orbital Diseases/etiology , Paranasal Sinus Diseases/diagnostic imaging , SARS-CoV-2 , Tomography, X-Ray Computed , Treatment Outcome