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Delhi Hospital saves black fungus patient after 6 hour long complex surgery

by Vaishali Sharma

After a 6-hour long surgery, doctors at Sir Gangaram Hospital successfully removed a portion of left lung and the complete right kidney of a patient suffering from black fungus. Since Black Fungus is a fast spreading disease and could have lead to further damage to other organs, a recent release by the hospital stated.

According to Dr. Ujjwal Parakh, Senior Consultant, Department of Chest Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, “We recently received and saved a complicated case of Mucormycosis. The patient Ranjeet Kumar Singh was 34 years old from Ghaziabad. He presented to the hospital with post Covid illness which included breathing difficulties, blood in sputum and high grade fever. After investigation 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.”

Three team of doctors were involved, which included Dr. Sabyasachi Bal, a Thoracic Surgeon, who removed infected lung; Dr. Manu Gupta, a Senior Urologist at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who removed complete right kidney and Dr Varun Rai, Consultant, Department of ENT, who did sinus surgery and debriment of mucor from nasal area.

According to Dr. Manu Gupta, Consultant, Department of Urology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, “It was a complicated case in which Mucor had penetrated part of lung and kidney. Time was 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.”

Dr. Ujjwal Parakh added, “He is recovering well and would be on oral antifungal medicine for few more weeks. Patient has been discharged after 45 days of prolonged anti fungal therapy. He is doing well now.”

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