If you have been diagnosed with mucormycosis, you may wish to ask your doctor the following five questions:
1. My reports say I have mucormycosis. I am not familiar with what this disease is about apart from the symptoms I am experiencing. Can you brief me on it?
Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection that is caused by the common fungi (found in soil and decaying vegetation) mucor, rhizopus absidia, cunninghamella, mortierella, syncephalastrum, saksenaea absidia and cokeromyces. It primarily affects the brain, sinuses, and lungs of those with a weak or suppressed immune system and those who are exposed to soil and decaying matter.
2. Besides the fever, blood in my cough and facial pain, is it likely that I will experience any other symptoms of this disease?
The symptoms are wide-ranging depending upon the type of fungus that has caused the infection and the part of the body it infects. A patient may get one or more of these symptoms dependent of the type s/he has contracted.
• Pain behind the eyes accompanied by swelling of the eye
• One-sided headaches
• Black discharge from the nasal passage
• Severe sinusitis
• Nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal pain
• Labored breathing
• Reddening and then blackening of skin
• Flank pain
• Seizures of brain, paralysis, etc.
• Disintegration of the mouth palate, eye socket and nasal passage
3. I have undergone a swab test of the throat. Will you need to run any other tests?
Sometimes a combination of tests may be used instead of a single one to reach a confirmatory diagnosis.
• A CAT scan of the head, face, abdominal and chest cavities or a MRI of the heart and lung cavities may be ordered to see the exact nature and locale of the problem.
• An ENT specialist may be referred to if sinus and nasal passage are affected.
• Photomicrographs exhibiting the presence of mature spores of the fungus.
• Biopsy and culture of the specimen involved.
• A complete blood count is often prescribed to study the arterial gases in the blood which will enable homeostasis and acidosis correction.
• An iron overload test may also be accompanied to exhibit low iron binding capacity of ferritin.