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Pan Afr Med J ; 39: 183, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1395298


Mucormycosis is relatively uncommon, fulminant, progressive, life threatening fungal disease which is most often seen in debilitating patients with immunocompromised condition. Mucormycosis cases are seen in patients with the use of systemic steroids in the treatment of severely affected COVID-19 cases and also in the patients with uncontrolled diabetes which causes immunosuppression are being reported with mucormycosis. The main symptoms of this disease include pain on the temporal and the orbital region of the affected side which could be throbbing or lancinating type, mobility of the teeth, jaw pain and often swelling is present which could be extraoral and intraoral both or sometimes only intraorally. The diagnostic approach in such cases is done with the help of clinical diagnosis, histopathology and with advanced imaging like cone beam computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography. We here used cone beam computed tomography imaging that revealed haziness in the sinuses and breach in cortical bone of the affected area which confirmed the diagnosis of mucormycosis. Early treatment planning like administration of antifungal drugs and surgical debridement will be life saving in such a deadly disease.

COVID-19/complications , Cone-Beam Computed Tomography/methods , Mucormycosis/diagnostic imaging , Antifungal Agents/administration & dosage , Cortical Bone/diagnostic imaging , Debridement , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Mucormycosis/therapy , Paranasal Sinus Diseases/diagnostic imaging , Paranasal Sinus Diseases/microbiology , Paranasal Sinus Diseases/therapy