Doctors conduct emergency endoscopic transnasal orbital surgery successfully to save COVID patient with ‘Black fungus (Mucormycosis)’ at MGM Healthcare, Chennai

Doctors conduct emergency endoscopic transnasal orbital surgery successfully to save COVID patient with ‘Black fungus (Mucormycosis)’ at MGM Healthcare, Chennai

Mumbai, 26th May 2021: MGM Healthcare, a super-specialty hospital in the heart of Chennai city, today announced that it has successfully conducted an emergency endoscopic transnasal orbital surgery to treat a 68-year-old female COVID-infected patient who got seriously affected with Black fungus (Mucormycosis).

The patient was being treated for COVID Pneumonia with systemic steroids and oxygen supplementation for the past two weeks. She reported a persistent headache on her right side and blood-tinged nasal discharge along with drooping of right eyelid recently. She was then shifted to MGM Healthcare for further treatment and clinical examination at the hospital revealed extremely tender right side of face with painful restricted eye movements and her inability to open the right eye.

The patient was immunocompetent but had elevated blood sugar levels during the course of treatment. ENT surgeons at the MGM Healthcare then performed a diagnostic nasal endoscopy which showed blackish nasal mucosa in patches and gave rise to the clinical suspicion of mucormycosis which was further confirmed by histopathology. Radiological investigations revealed invasive fungal disease limited to the right naso-orbital region involving frontal and ethmoid sinuses.

“After a thorough surgical planning, a modified endoscopic transnasal surgical approach was adopted to reach the anatomical areas affected by the disease, explained Professor Dr. Sanjeev Mohanty, Senior Consultant and Head, Institute of ENT, Head & Neck Surgery. He added, the transorbital surgery in this case entailed the use of multiple angled high-definition endoscopes and appropriate instruments which are important to obtain the required degree of precision and key to a successful outcome. In this case, time was of primary essence as black fungus (mucormycosis) had invaded the para nasal sinuses and orbit of the patient. Through this emergency endoscopic surgery, it helped to mitigate the spread of the deadly fungus and remove the dead tissues with a course of anti-fungal therapy for optimum cure simultaneously. MGM Healthcare used collective inputs from all allied clinical disciplines and relied on evidence based methodology to help this patient get back on her feet and go on to pursue a normal life.”

The painful symptoms experienced by the patient have been alleviated post-surgery and doctors have confirmed that her vision is intact along with the resolving of drooping eyelid (ptosis) of the right eye. She is being monitored continually and administered with anti-fungal therapy to prevent any relapse or recurrence during the post-COVID recovery period.

About MGM Healthcare:

Born out of a need for altruism, MGM Healthcare is dedicated to bettering patient experiences and improving clinical outcomes through expertise, passion and technology. The manifestation of this dedication is a state-of-the-art hospital on Nelson Manickam Road having 400 beds, 50 outpatient consultation rooms, over 100 critical care beds, 250+ doctors, 30+ clinical departments, 12 state-of-the-art operating theatres and 24×7 comprehensive Emergency Care. MGM Healthcare is currently Asia’s highest-rated USGBC LEED Platinum-certified Green Hospital.

Over the past year, the team of clinical experts at MGM Healthcare have performed many innovative and complex surgeries in the pursuit of establishing trust and clinical excellence. MGM Healthcare is designed and equipped with the latest in technology and equipment and is poised to drive patient centricity and clinical excellence of both the domestic and international patients.

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