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Fungal infections of nose and paranasal sinuses are getting common these days. Nose and paranasal sinuses being constantly exposed to environmental insults causing them to be infected. With increasing incidence of diseases like HIV and life style disorders like Diabetes Mellitus compromises host immunity, that it is no wonder that the incidence of fungal infections involving the nose and sinuses are on the rise. In addition the incidence of fungal infections in immunocompetent persons are also on the rise. This article attempts to review the published literature available on this topic concurrently along with our experience on this subject. In Indian scenario the incidence of fungal infections involving the nasal cavity has shown an increase. There is also a significant increase in the incidence of fungal infections involving the nose and sinuses even in immunocompetent individuals. Increased use of advanced imaging techniques like CT scan, MRI, and Nasal endoscopes have increased the awareness of Rhinologist to this disease spectrum.
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Author(s): Balasubramanian Thiagarajan Geetha Ramamoorthy