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A rare surgery saves the eye of an Indian woman in her sixth decade of life infected with the black fungus

A team of doctors at Wockhardt Hospital succeeded in performing a surgery for mucosal disease "black fungus" after Corona, for a 60-year-old woman to save her eyes, since she was infected with Corona last April, and the surgery was performed by a medical team consisting of a consultant rhinologist Ear and throat and head and neck surgeon.

The doctor supervising the surgery said: “When she arrived in an emergency situation, the woman showed symptoms such as black nasal secretions, nasal congestion, headache, and swollen eyes. By magnetic resonance imaging, it was confirmed that it was mycosis of the mucous membrane.

Black Fungus: Causes and Risk Factors


Mucosal fungus or black fungus is a rare infection that occurs after exposure to mucosal rot, as it affects the sinuses, base of the skull, eyes, lungs, and brain, and is common in people who suffer or recover from COVID-19 due to excessive use of steroids.

This black fungus appears in people with weak immunity, those with diabetes and other comorbidities, use of dusty moisturizers, long hospital stays, and drugs that reduce its ability to fight germs and viruses.

According to the doctor, the woman's infection had invaded the nose, base of the skull and eyes, and may have led to blindness, loss of body tissues and damage to other vital organs in her body, thus, the patient was scheduled to undergo surgery as soon as possible.

The surgery included removal of the refractory plate at the base of the skull and the wall of the medial orbit to remove the edema of the eye. The mucous fungus was removed from all the sinuses, the base of the skull and the medial wall of the eye, while the mucosal disease was removed with debris tissue within two hours.

How to prevent mucosal disease after Covid


To prevent this life-threatening injury, doctors recommend that you wear a clean, dry mask when visiting any dusty construction site, wear gloves, maintain good personal hygiene and shower, and also control blood sugar levels and use steroids as suggested by your doctor.