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A 44-year-old member asked:

I am immuno-compromised, am i more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: Since aspergillosis is caused by a fungi, it is not normally affect pt with normal immmune system.Since you have compromised immune system, you are more likely to get this pulmonary aspergillosis.
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
That depends...: Aspergillus infections are opportunistic. That is, they usually occur in persons with severely compromised bone marrow function (such as just after intense chemotherapy), or among those taking potent immunosuppressive drugs (after a transplant for example). Aspergillosis does occur more often in persons with "blood cancer" (leukemia for example) than solid tumors.
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