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• 43 year old, male presented with fever ,cough and breathing  difficulty– 1 week 

      • Got admitted in local hospital and treated with IV antibiotics & other  suppurative measures. Sputum culture showed MDR lkleibsella and  got refered to Aster MIMS Kannur. 

     • Past history : k/c/o Type 2 DM.

      • O/E – Conscious, Oriented 

              HR 94 , BP 70/40 ,SPO2 96% 

             GRBS 443, Ketones 1.8 ,Serum potassium 1.8



• Acute infarct in right temporal lobe.
• Bulky right globe with ill defined edema, fat stranding and absent enhancement of extraocular muscles and perioptic nerve sheath in keeping with orbital cellulitis.
• Bulky right temporalis muscle, medial and lateral pterygoid muscles with ill defined edema and restricted diffusion showing loss of normal enhancement on post contrast images.
• Thrombosis of right cavernous sinus and superior ophthalmic vein.
• Acute sphenoid and right maxillary sinusitis with mucosal thickening in right ethmoidal air cells and right nasal cavity with loss of normal enhancement of right middle & inferior turbinates.

Overall features are suggestive of fungal infection – likely mucormycosis.


Mucormycosis is an uncommon but fatal fungal infection primarily affecting patients who are immunocompromised, especially those with diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for survival. The sinuses are most commonly affected, and subsequent rhino-orbital-cerebral mucormycosis is closely associated with diabetes. A clinical presentation of orbital swelling black nasal discharge, visual defect,proptosis and headache suggests rhino-orbital-cerebral mucormycosis.
The two main named signs are Guitar pick sign and Black turbinate sign. Guitar pick sign represents conical deformation of the posteriorocular globe indicating severely increased intraorbital pressure. Black turbinate sign represents devitalized mucosa leading to a hypointense mucosal appearance on MRI.

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