How do we treat mucormycosis?

01 Jun, 2021 | 09:01

Most cases of mucormycosis are treatable. And if we detect them early, the damage can be controlled. Drug Amphotericin B is highly effective.Its liposomal version allows doctors to give adequate doses over a relatively shorter duration than possible with conventional preparations of this drug, thereby helping control the infection early.

There are two other preparations: Posaconazole, which we have used as a stepdown drug after we control the infection with amphotericin; and Isavuconazole. The latter is a relatively newer drug, but initial information suggest that it is also a promising agent for treating mucormycosis.

Along with medications, surgical removal of the dead tissue is also strongly advocated.

Dr Nikhil Tandon, Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS, New Delhi

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