Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a specific fungus that is is found all over the world. It can result in severe lung problems.
Inhaling fungus spores causes aspergillosis when the immune system is not working properly.
Risk factors include:
Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a specialist in lung diseases or infectious diseases.
Your bodily fluids may be tested. This can be done with:
Your bodily structures may be viewed. This can be done with:
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include:
The fungus that causes this condition
is everywhere. High concentrations may be found in soil or compost. Mildew in bathrooms or other moist places may also contain this fungus. If you are at risk for getting an aspergillus infection, try to avoid close contact with soil or compost and take steps to keep your home mildew-free.
Antifungal medications may be given to certain patients at very high risk for infection.
The Aspergillus/Aspergillosis Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Canadian Lung Association
Invasive aspergillosis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115708/Invasive-aspergillosis. Updated September 20, 2016. Accessed September 29, 2016.
Sherif R, Segal BH. Pulmonary aspergillosis: clinical presentation, diagnostic tests, management and complications.
Current Opinions in Pulmonary Medicine.
Last reviewed November 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
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