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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 593
Study of mucormycosis in COVID-19 patients in a tertiary care center, Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raichur

1 Department of Pathology, Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, M R Ambedkar Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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K Indrani
Department of Pathology, Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raichur-584102, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_425_21

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Context: Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV-2), has become an emergency global public health issue. Disease pattern of COVID-19 ranges from mild to life-threatening pneumonia with associated bacterial and fungal coinfections. Due to associated comorbidities (e.g., diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and immunocompromised conditions (e.g., corticosteroid therapy), these patients are prone to develop severe opportunistic infections. Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of fungal coinfection of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection (SARS-CoV-2) in RIMS, Raichur. Materials and Methods: Our study included 94 patients with invasive fungal infection who presented with either COVID-19 infection or had recovered from COVID-19 infection. Tissue samples from suspected sites were received in formalin for histopathological examination, and these were stained stains with hematoxylin and eosin and with periodic acid–Schiff/Gomori's methenamine silver wherever required. Results: A total of 94 biopsies were received with clinical suspicion of mucormycosis. Out of these, 52 (55.3%) were positive for mucormycosis and 42 (44.7%) were negative. Out of 52 positive cases, 46 (88.4%) were males and 6 (11.6%) were females. The highest number of cases was seen in age group of 51–60 years (26.92%). Out of the 52 positive cases, KOH mount was positive for fungal elements in 8 cases and negative for fungal elements in 29 cases. Conclusions: Uncontrolled diabetes and overzealous use of steroids are two of the main factors aggravating the incidence of mucormycosis in COVID-19 patients. Early surgical intervention, histopathological confirmation and rapid and judicious intravenous antifungal treatment should be initiated for better patient outcomes.

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