Mucormycosis Treatment, Detection, Challenges, Future Scope
Mucormycosis Treatment, Detection, Challenges, Future Scope
Dec 29, 2021

Mucormycosis Treatment, Detection, Challenges, Future Scope

The global mucormycosis treatment market is estimated to reach a value of USD 914.6 million in 2021, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period, as per a comprehensive market study by Quince Market Insights. In patients with hematologic malignancies, mucormycosis is a growing cause of infectious morbidity and mortality. There are, however, no guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Experts in haematology and infectious diseases were tasked by the European Conference on Infections in Leukaemia to establish evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of mucormycosis. The guidelines were created utilising the American Infectious Diseases Society's evidentiary standards, and the important recommendations are listed below. In the absence of proven biomarkers, mucormycosis is diagnosed using histology and/or the discovery of the organism by culture from affected locations, with the isolate being identified at the species level (no grading).

The risk factors for developing mucormycosis involve cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, neutropenia, and skin trauma, such as punctures or burns, cuts, scrapes, and organ transplants. These fungal infections need to be treated via prescribed antifungal medication — amphotericin B, isavuconazole, or posaconazole. Mucormycosis usually requires surgery to remove the infected tissue.

Factors such as increasing occurrence of fungal infections, increasing incidents of immunological disease, and availability of an extensive range of products are expected to drive mucormycosis treatment market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, growing awareness about fungal infection and increasing government support for research and development are also expected to fuel the mucormycosis treatment market growth during the forecast period.

The mainstays of management include antifungal chemotherapy, treatment of the underlying predisposing disease, and surgery (level A II). Liposomal amphotericin B and amphotericin B lipid complex are two options for first-line mucormycosis treatment (level B II). Second-line treatment options include posaconazole and a combination of liposomal amphotericin B or amphotericin B lipid complex with caspofungin (level B II). Rhinocerebral, skin, and soft tissue disease all require surgery (level A II).

In the therapy of mucormycosis, reversal of underlying risk factors (diabetes control, reversal of neutropenia, discontinuation/taper of glucocorticosteroids, reduction of immunosuppressants, termination of deferroxamine) is critical (level A II). Antifungal chemotherapy has no set duration, but it is determined by the resolution of all related symptoms and findings (no grading). In individuals who have been immunocompromised for a long time, maintenance therapy/secondary prophylaxis should be explored (no grading).

How is mucormycosis treated?

Antifungal IV bag containing amphotericin B, posaconazole, or isavuconazole.

Mucormycosis is a dangerous infection that requires treatment with antifungal medications such as amphotericin B, posaconazole, or isavuconazole. Amphotericin B, posaconazole, and isavuconazole are given intravenously (amphotericin B, posaconazole, and isavuconazole) or orally (posaconazole, isavuconazole) (posaconazole, isavuconazole). Fluconazole, voriconazole, and echinocandins are not effective against the fungi that cause mucormycosis. Mucormycosis frequently necessitates surgery to remove diseased tissue.

How to detect mucormycosis?

The increasing COVID-19 cases has prompted an increase in mucormycosis treatment among COVID-19 survivors. Because of the extended use of immunosuppressant and steroid medicines, mucormycosis infection is more likely to harm healed individuals. COVID-19 individuals with diabetes and other concomitant conditions Mucormycosis is more common in those who have been exposed to steroids and humidified oxygen for a lengthy period of time. During the projected period, this is expected to contribute to the need for mucormycosis treatment. After recovering or being treated with COVID 19 Disease, people are making concerns about black fungus. The following are the signs and symptoms of this disease.

How dangerous is Mucormycosis?

Mucormycosis is an extremely rare but serious disease, with a mortality rate of 54 percent, according to the (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention). 

Who has the greatest probability of contracting the Black Fungus?

Unless someone comes into contact with an infected individual, not everyone will become infected with mucormycosis disease. Even then, the odds are slim. However, if a person already has health problems and is receiving treatment for them, that person's capacity to fight germs and diseases may be compromised, and they may become infected with black fungus.

Surgical need

Contemporary prospective case series with 50 or more cases back up the importance of surgery and its timely execution. Surgical resection was highly related with treatment effectiveness in a matched case-controlled multicentre trial solid organ transplant recipients with mucormycosis. In a prospective study of 60 cases of mucormycosis patients who received surgery in addition to antibiotics had a lower mortality rate.


Many questions about the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of mucormycosis remain unanswered.  Although significant progress has been made, better diagnostic tests are still needed to reliably identify patients with mucormycosis and begin effective therapy as soon as possible. However, there are significant gaps in information surrounding the treatment of these infections, including combination therapy, adjuvant medications, and response evaluation.

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