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Synonyms : Brooder pneumonia, pseudotuberculosis, “asper”mycosis, mycotic pneumonia

Aspergillosis is the name given to a wide variety of diseases caused by infection by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. The majority of cases occur in people with underlying illnesses such as tuberculosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but with otherwise healthy immune systems. Most commonly, aspergillosis occurs in the form of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA),aspergilloma or allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). Some forms are intertwined; for example ABPA and simple aspergilloma can progress to CPA.

Other, non-invasive manifestations include fungal sinusitis (both allergic in nature and with established fungal balls), otomycosis (ear infection), keratitis (eye infection) and onychomycosis (nail infection). In most instances these are less severe, and curable with effective antifungal treatment.

People with deficient immune systems—such as patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, chemotherapy for leukaemia, or AIDS—are at risk of more disseminated disease. Acute invasive aspergillosis occurs when the immune system fails to prevent Aspergillus spores from entering the bloodstream via the lungs. Without the body mounting an effective immune response, fungal cells are free to disseminate throughout the body and can infect major organs such as the heart and kidneys.

The most frequently identified pathogen is Aspergillus fumigatus—a ubiquitous organism that is capable of living under extensive environmental stress. It is estimated that most humans inhale thousands of Aspergillus spores daily, but they do not affect most people’s health due to effective immune responses. Taken together, the major chronic, invasive and allergic forms of aspergillosis account for around 600,000 deaths annually worldwide.


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Advanced information: aspergillosis aspergillosis aspergillosis avian aspergillosis university of san fransisco, hiv insite aspergillosis aspergillosis aspergillosis rsna radiographics education exhibit - continuing medical education:spectrum of pulmonary aspergillosis: histologic, clinical, and radiologic findings by tomás franquet et al. july 2001 volume 21, issue 4 aspergillosis aspergillosis histopathology india, aspergillosis aspergillosis bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and other fungal diseases.


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Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles global burden of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis as a sequel to pulmonary tuberculosis by david w denning pulmonary aspergillosis test shows promise for diagnosing fungal pneumonia october 23, 2014 posted in news, pneumonia, fungal infections, research, aspergillosis fda approves new antifungal drug cresemba march 9, 2015 posted in news, food and drug administration (fda), fungal infections, aspergillosis world's first clinical guidelines for chronic fungal lung infections are available december 23, 2015 posted in news, fungal infections, guidelines, aspergillosis radioactively labelled antibodies to help detect invasive pulmonary aspergillosis february 23, 2016

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