At 11, Karnataka’s youngest mucormycosis patient dies | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A 11-year-old boy from Challakere, Chitradurga district, who was treated for mucormycosis in Bengaluru breathed his last on Wednesday. He was the youngest patient to have been diagnosed with the fungal infection in the state.
The boy was first brought to the district hospital in Tumakuru in the last week of May with complaints of blurred vision. He was referred to Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health and shifted to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital on May 25.
“He had suffered from Covid, and also had high diabetes (Type 1). He developed multiorgan inflammatory syndrome on Monday,” said Dr CN Reddy, professor, pediatrics, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital.
According to doctors, this was a case of undetected juvenile diabetes which became a major risk factor in mucormycosis. While there was no clarity on his Covid-positivity result, the boy tested positive for Covid antibodies when he was brought to Bowring.
The fungus had affected his left eye and he lost vision. The boy also developed abscess in the frontal lobe of the brain and was operated upon to remove the fungal debris in Nimhans in the first week of June.
For the last two days, the boy was on a non-invasive ventilator and he suffered sudden cardiac arrest on Wednesday afternoon, doctors said.

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