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2022 Dec




Facial Nerve Palsy as Complication in COVID-19 Associated Mucormycosis: A Case Series.


Reddy P, Parihar A, Singh R, Ac V, Sutare A
Cureus. 2022 Dec; 14(12):e33077.
PMID: 36726898.


Mucormycosis is an opportunistic fungal infection indicating a high mortality rate. Among six varieties of involved sites, rhino cerebral mucormycosis (RCM) is not the most uncommon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, with the increase, in predisposing conditions incidence rate of mucormycosis progressed. For aggressive treatment, an early diagnosis can be armored to reduce morbidity and mortality. Clinically RCM poses non-specific symptoms and signs delaying diagnosis. This is associated with orbital cellulitis and sinusitis, one-sided headache behind the eye, diplopia, blurring of visions, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, epistaxis, nasal hypoesthesia, facial pain and numbness, and a history of black nasal discharge. Not commonly the complications of cranial nerve involvement have been reported. In the present case series, three presentations of facial nerve palsy in COVID-19 associated with mucormycosis are added to the literature database.