Aspergillosis

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Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is an infection, growth, or allergic response caused by the Aspergillus fungus. There are several different kinds of aspergillosis. One kind is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (also called ABPA), a condition where the fungus causes allergic respiratory symptoms similar to asthma, such as wheezing and coughing, but does not actually invade and destroy tissue. Another kind of aspergillosis is invasive aspergillosis. This infection usually affects people with weakened immune systems due to cancer, AIDS, leukemia, organ transplantation, chemotherapy, or other conditions or events that reduce the number of normal white blood cells. In this condition, the fungus invades and damages tissues in the body. Invasive aspergillosis most commonly affects the lungs, but can also cause infection in many other organs and can spread throughout the body (commonly affecting the kidneys and brain). Aspergilloma, a growth (fungus ball) that develops in an area of previous lung disease such as tuberculosis or lung abscess, is a third kind of aspergillosis. This type of aspergillosis is composed of a tangled mass of fungus fibers, blood clots, and white blood cells. The fungus ball gradually enlarges, destroying lung tissue in the process, but usually does not spread to other areas.
 

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The terms "Aspergillosis" returned 1070 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cerebral Aspergillosis: Imaging and Pathological Correlations.
 

Author(s): Guillaume Marzolf, Marcela Sabou, Béatrice Lannes, François Cotton, David Meyronet, Damien Galanaud, Jean-Philippe Cottier, Sylvie Grand, Hubert Desal, Julie Kreutz, Maleka Schenck, Nicolas Meyer, Francis Schneider, Jean-Louis Dietemann, Meriam Koob, Raoul Herbrecht, Stéphane Kremer

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Cerebral aspergillosis is associated with a significant morbidity and mortality rate. The imaging data present different patterns and no full consensus exists on typical imaging characteristics of the cerebral lesions. We reviewed MRI findings in 21 patients with cerebral aspergillosis ...

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2016

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Detection of a Serum Siderophore by LC-MS/MS as a Potential Biomarker of Invasive Aspergillosis.
 

Author(s): Cassandra S Carroll, Lawrence N Amankwa, Linda J Pinto, Jeffrey D Fuller, Margo M Moore

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Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a life-threatening systemic mycosis caused primarily by Aspergillus fumigatus. Early diagnosis of IA is based, in part, on an immunoassay for circulating fungal cell wall carbohydrate, galactomannan (GM). However, a wide range of sensitivity and specificity ...

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2016

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Galactomannan Testing and the Incidence of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis: A 10-Year Nationwide Population-Based Study in Taiwan.
 

Author(s): Kuo-Shao Sun, Ching-Fang Tsai, Solomon Chih-Cheng Chen, Yih-Yuan Chen, Wan-Chun Huang

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The clinical impact of the galactomannan (GM) test for the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is controversial. Our study evaluated the incidence and trends of IPA and GM testing in patients with aspergillus infections.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2016

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The terms "Aspergillosis" returned 126 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cutaneous Invasive Aspergillosis: Retrospective Multicenter Study of the French Invasive-Aspergillosis Registry and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Céline Bernardeschi, Francoise Foulet, Saskia Ingen-Housz-Oro, Nicolas Ortonne, Karine Sitbon, Gaëlle Quereux, Olivier Lortholary, Olivier Chosidow, Stéphane Bretagne,

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jul;94(26):e1018.

 

Invasive aspergillosis (IA) has poor prognosis in immunocompromised patients. Skin manifestations, when present, should contribute to an early diagnosis. The authors aimed to provide prevalence data and a clinical and histologic description of cutaneous manifestations of primary cutaneous ...

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2015

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[Pathogenesis of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis].
 

Author(s): Takayoshi Tashiro

Journal: Med Mycol J. 2015 ;56(1):J3-J13.

 

Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA) is a slowly progressive inflammatory destruction of lung tissue due to Aspergillus infection. The main radiographic features are chronic pulmonary infiltrates, progressive cavitation, and subsequent aspergilloma formation. Although ...

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2015

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Pulmonary aspergillosis.
 

Author(s): M L Chabi, A Goracci, N Roche, A Paugam, A Lupo, M P Revel

Journal: Diagn Interv Imaging. 2015 May;96(5):435-42.

 

Aspergillosis is a mycotic disease usually caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, a saprophytic and ubiquitous airborne fungus. Aspergillus-related lung diseases are traditionally classified into four different forms, whose occurrence depends on the immunologic status of the host and the ...

Last Updated: 13 May 2015

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Bronchoalveolar Lavage Lateral-Flow Device Test for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis: a Multicenter Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

 

Last Updated: 19 Sep 2016

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A Randomized Trial of Itraconazole in Acute Stages of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

 

Last Updated: 6 May 2015

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Efficacy and Safety of Caspofungin for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis Underlying Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2014

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