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Mucormycosis in Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mucormycosis in Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Puja Chatterjee

Journal Title:Acta Scientific Otolaryngology
Abstract


While the coronavirus 19 pandemic continues to be a world-wide healthcare crisis, we might be heading towards an era of post covid complications of near pandemic proportions.Rhino-orbital Mucormycosis is a well-known deadly, acute and aggressive infection affecting patients in Otolaryngology practice. This disease particularly affects immunocompromised patients and those with diabetes mellitus. It is caused by inhalation of spores of fungi in the order Mucorales, most commonly from the genera Rhizopus, Mucor and Rhizomucorwhich are ubiquitous in nature in soil, growing rapidly with spores that can become air-borne. The enzyme Ketone reductase enables these organisms to thrive in glucose rich, acidic environments. Two out of three cases of Mucormycosis are sinonasal