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CASE REPORT
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-45

Pulmonary mucormycosis - Early diagnosis by bronchoalveolar lavage


1 Consultant Pathologist, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, C-1, Janakpuri, New Delhi-58, India
2 Senior Resident, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, C-1, Janakpuri, New Delhi-58, India
3 Chest Physician, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, C-1, Janakpuri, New Delhi-58, India

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Shashirekha
Consultant Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, C-I Janakpuri, New Delhi-58
India
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A report is made of a case of pulmonary mucormycosis in a setting of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. Pulmonary mucormycosis is a potentially fatal condition requiring early diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis requires identification of the typical broad aseptate hyphae with right angled branching. They can be identified in cytology smears of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) making BAL an early and effective mode of diagnosis.


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