Right kidney, part of lung removed due to post-Covid mucormycosis

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Right kidney, part of lung removed due to post-Covid mucormycosis

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have successfully operated a “first known case of mucormycosis” in which the patient's right kidney and a portion of his left lung were severely infected with black fungus post Covid-19.

The surgery was recently conducted by a multidisciplinary team of doctors at the hospital to remove patients’ right kidney and a portion of his left lung, hospital authorities said on Monday.

The patient (34) from neighbouring Ghaziabad was brought to the hospital with post-Covid illness, which included breathing difficulties, blood in sputum and high grade fever.

“We were shocked to see that Mucor had not only penetrated nasal cavity but also his left lung and the right kidney. Both the portion of the lung and the kidney had been severely damaged and there was a fear of further spread. Therefore an emergency removal of mucor infected areas was planned,” said Dr Ujjwal Parakh, Senior Consultant, Department of Chest Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

 “Since Mucor is a fast spreading disease and could have further damage to other organs. As a life saving procedure, immediately a part of his left lung and the entire right kidney was removed after complicated surgery which lasted for six hours and the patient was saved,”the hospital said in a statement.

According to Dr Manu Gupta, Consultant, Department of Urology at the hospital “It was a complicated case in which Mucor had penetrated part of the lung and kidney. Time was of the essence in this case to save the patient as other organs could have been affected. The involvement of the kidney was total, and the kidney had become non functional. During surgery the fungus was found almost spreading to the liver, and the large intestine. Thus with great difficulty, the kidney could be removed without injuring the adjacent organs. This case is being reported in medical literature as the first case in the world after Covid infection.”

Talking about the cases, Dr Ujjwal Parakh said “He is recovering well and would be on oral antifungal medicine for a few more weeks. Patient has been discharged after 45 days of prolonged antifungal therapy. He is doing well now.”

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