Why is it called black fungus? How damaging it could be?

01 Jun, 2021 | 08:59

Black Fungus is a term given by people. Mucoromycetes is not black coloured fungus. It is an invasive fungus; it invades smaller and bigger blood vessels, diminishes the blood supply to the tissues and kill them. The dead tissue looks black in colour. Mucormycosis , if not detected and treated, is potentially damaging. In immuno-suppressant individuals, it can cause lots of morbidity. For example, if it travels from the nose and sinuses towards the eye, it can damage the vision. If it travels into the brain, it could be fatal.

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

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