A case report of COVID-19 associated pulmonary mucormycosis

Nariman Khan, Christina G. Gutierrez, David Villafuerte Martinez, Kevin C Proud


Hospitalized patients with SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) are at risk for developing secondary fungal infections due to greater incidence of preexisting comorbidities and exposure to iatrogenic factors such as corticosteroid use. We present the case of a 44-year-old Hispanic female discovered unresponsive in her home that was found to have severe hyperglycemia with comorbid COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) associated pneumonia. The patient was intubated and treated with several broad-spectrum antibiotics, remdesivir, and corticosteroids but had little improvement in her clinical status. Bronchoscopy was performed and revealed multiple necrotic lesions in the lungs. Endobronchial biopsy and bronchoalveolar lavage samples revealed pauciseptated hyphae consistent with zygomycetes. The patient was treated with multiple antifungals including voriconazole, micafungin, and amphotericin B. However, despite maximal medical therapy, the patient perished. This case highlights that clinicians must carry a high degree of suspicion and a low threshold to begin treatment for Mucor in diabetics and other immunosuppressed patients.


SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; mucormycisis; diabetes melitus; thoracic CT; remdesivir

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22551/2020.28.0703.10172

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