A rare case of white fungus or Aspergillus forming an abscess in the brain of a Covid recovered patient has been reported from Hyderabad.
The concerned patient had recovered from Covid-19 in May this year and had formed weakness of limbs and speech difficulty. A scan of the brain revealed clot-like formations that did not diminish even after taking medications. It was only after surgery that doctors found that white fungus had formed an abscess in the patient’s brain.
Dr P Ranganadham, senior neurosurgeon, Sunshine Hospitals, while talking to TOI termed the occurrence of this as rare and also conjectured on the route of entry of the white fungus into the brain of the patient.
“This case is unique as there is an abscess formed by white fungus in the brain. The infection is post-recovery from Covid-19. Generally, fungal infections in Covid-19 patients are found if they are diabetic. The patient is non-diabetic. The paranasal sinuses are clear indicating that white fungus had not entered the brain through the nose unlike black fungus,”