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My child as cystic fibrosis, how likely will he get pulmonary aspergillosis?

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Possible but small %: Many people with cystic fibrosis have aspergillus (a fungus) in their airway, but in the vast majority of cases it does not cause disease. In a small percent of patients it may cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), and that can lead to lung damage. Abpa can usually be treated.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Specifically, less than .5% nationally, although that varies regionally (i.e. in the south it is more common).
Jan 8, 2012
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Rare: Asperigillus is a rare complication of CF in the airway; it is more commonly seen after lung transplantation in the face of immune suppression drugs. Less than 1 in 1000 non transplanted patients with CF grow aspergillus out of a sputum culture.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Even if one grows Aspergillus it does not necessarily mean that it is causing infection, although in a CF patient this should be taken very seriously.
Mar 21, 2012

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