Fungal Infection of Ear in Immunocompromised Patients


Authors : Jai Subhash Menni, Dr. Anand K.H

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

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Fungal infection of ear involving external auditory canal, middle ear are commonly encountered by otolaryngologists. It presents with symptoms of itching, earache, discharge and loss of hearing in late stages. Recent years due to increase in immunocompromised patients there is higher chances of fungal infection in ear. We perform mycological analysis of fungal debris from external auditory canal of 60 patients clinically. We conducted a prospective study which involves 60 cases of immunocompromised patients. After detail history and clinical examination required investigations are carried to identify the fungal organism. In the study fungal infections are found more common among males (54%) and majority in age group 21-30 years (42%) disease was predominantly unilateral (80%) bilateral involvement is (20%) aspergillus species (70%).which is followed by candida species (54%) which is also seen. Fungal infection of ear mostly affects the external auditory canal. Presents with symptoms of itching, ear discharge, ear ache. Major factor for fungal infection is trauma to external auditory canal, immunocompromised state. Aspergillus species and candida species are commonly isolated in immunocompromised patients.  Aim To find out the incidence of commonest fungal organism which causes the infection of external auditory canal of ear in immunocompromised patients.  Objective To identify the common fungal organism in immunocompromised patients.

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