Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Rhino- Orbital Mucormycosis

Academic journal article Iranian Journal of Public Health

Rhino- Orbital Mucormycosis

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Background: Mucormycosis is the acute and rapidly progressive diseases and the most dramatic of all fungal infections. The patients have uncontrolled diabetes and other underlying diseases. The usual presenting symptoms involved first the nose and then the eye and brain. We report a case of rhino- orbital mucormycosis in Mashhad (Iran).

Methods: A -31- year old woman with lesions in right eye and suspected to have mucormycosis was referred to the Medical Mycology laboratory, Imam Reza Hospital, Mashhad University of Medical sciences. She was diabetic. Physical examination of eye, nose and mouth revealed chemosis, ptosis and severe edema of eye lids. The other findings in the eye include orbital pain, proptosis and sensitivity to light. There were reddish black necrosis areas in the nasal turbinate and hard palate. Samples were taken from nose and hard palate. All collected specimens were analyzed by direct microscopy and culture.

Results: In direct mount from nasal and hard palate scraping board, irregular branched and non septate hyphae were observed. …

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