Centre Issues Guidelines For Management Of Black Fungus Disease In Children Below 18 Years

 

NEW DELHI, June 10: The Director General of Health Services (DGHC) under the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued guidelines for the management of mucormycosis or black fungus disease in children below 18 years.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), mucormycosis is a serious fungal disease seen in patients with underlying/predisposing factors such as immunosuppression, poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, misuse/overuse of steroids, cancer, organ/stem cell transplantation, and those under prolonged ICU treatment. 

"Do not wait for culture results to initiate therapy as mucormycosis is an emergency. Early complete surgical debridement is the cornerstone of treatment, and maybe repeated as required," the DGHC said in its guideline.

 

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