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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 254-259

Rhino-orbito-cerebral mucormycosis in COVID 19 patients: Understanding the pathophysiology

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences; Oculoplasty and Orbital Tumor Services, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sahil Agrawal
Oculoplasty and Orbital Tumor Services, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_152_21

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The pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has had health implications of unprecedented magnitude. The second wave of the pandemic hit India with a tremendous rise in the number of patients requiring care not only for the viral inflammatory disease but also for secondary infections. Nearly 6–7 new patients of rhino-orbito-cerebral mucormycosis with active or resolved COVID-19 infection are reporting daily at a tertiary institute in Northern India. This another battle against an epidemic of mucormycosis, within an already established ongoing war of COVID-19 pandemic has aroused a need to understand the causal factors and implement effective prevention and control programs. The authors performed a thorough literature review in PubMed to understand the correlation between the two diseases. This review summarizes the plausible risk factors, and environmental determinants of mucormycosis in COVID-19, that are of particular importance to public health professionals.

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