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The "black evil" affecting patients with diabetes: a case of rhino orbito cerebral mucormycosis causing Garcin syndrome

Authors Narayanan S, Panarkandy G, Subramaniam G, Radhakrishnan C, Thulaseedharan NK, Manikath N, Ramaswamy S, Radhakrishnan S, Ekkalayil D

Received 22 December 2016

Accepted for publication 27 February 2017

Published 28 March 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 103—108


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Suresh Antony

Santhosh Narayanan,1 Geetha Panarkandy,1 Gomathy Subramaniam,2 Chandni Radhakrishnan,1 NK Thulaseedharan,1 Neeraj Manikath,1 Sreejith Ramaswamy,1 Suma Radhakrishnan,3 Danish Ekkalayil1

1Department of General Medicine, 2Department of Radiodiagnosis, 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Abstract: Mucormycosis is a life-threatening infection affecting patients with diabetes. It is an angioinvasive disease often resistant to treatment with a debilitating course and high mortality. Here, we report a case of a 45 year old woman with type 2 diabetes mellitus who presented to us with history of right-sided ptosis and facial palsy, and subsequently developed loss of vision and palatal palsy. She was in diabetic ketoacidosis. Nervous system examination revealed involvement of right second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, ninth, and tenth cranial nerves, suggestive of Garcin syndrome. The hard palate had been eroded with formation of black eschar. Computed tomography of paranasal sinuses revealed right maxillary and ethmoid sinusitis, with spread of inflammation to infratemporal fossa and parapharynygeal neck spaces. Debridement of sinus mucosa was done, and culture of the same yielded growth of rhizopus species. Histopathological examination of the tissue showed angioinvasion and fungal hyphae suggestive of mucormycosis. She was treated with amphotericin B, posaconazole, and periodic nasal sinus debridement, but her general condition worsened after 8 weeks due to secondary sepsis and she succumbed to death.

Keywords: diabetes, rhinoorbitocerebral, mucormycosis, garcin syndrome

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