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What is the difference between allergic and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

What is the difference between allergic and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

They are different: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis occurs in some people and behaves like cortisone-resistant bronchial asthma. Most sufferers would have a specific type of bronchiectasis(dead-ended bronchial tubes) one must have an allergic reaction to aspergillus. Invasive aspergillosis usually happens in people whose immune system has been greatly compromised and the prognosis is far less favorable. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

Are children more susceptible to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

No...and Yes: Depends on the child and their immune system.....As well as what illnesses or genetic disorders they might be born with. If they are entirely normal, then no, they are not more susceptible. ...Read more

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Can allergic pulmonary aspergillosis relapse?

Absolutely: It is classic for recurring bouts. You should speak with your pulmonologist or primary care provider to determine if this is flaring; and what treatment options exist if it is a recurrence. ...Read more

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Are children more susceptible to allergic pulmonary aspergillosis?

Are children more susceptible to allergic pulmonary aspergillosis?

Not necessarily kids: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) is a hypersensitivity reaction to a. Fumigatus colonization of the tracheobronchial tree and occurs in conjunction with asthma and cystic fibrosis (cf). 0.25-0.8% of people with asthma and approximately 7% of patients with CF are estimated to have abpa (this includeds kids and adults). ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my chances of getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

Very low: It is hard to predict who is going to get it, but fortunately, it is very rare. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have cancer am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

I have cancer am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

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). Most organ cancer patients do not get aspergillus, but it does occur more often in persons with "blood cancer" (leukemia for example). ...Read more

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I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

I have tuberculosis am I more likely to get pulmonary aspergillosis?

Depends: If at the end of treatment, your lungs have a scar in the form of a cavity, you can get a form of aspergillosis called aspergilloma. Presence of aspergillus in the lungs does not always mean infection or aspergillosis. ...Read more

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I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

I received a organ transplant, what is the likelihood of me getting pulmonary aspergillosis?

Cystic Fibrosis: In a recently published study by Luong et al, Cystic Fibrosis patients who were colonized with Aspergillus were studied for the development of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. They found that pulmonary invasive aspergillosis developed in 22.5% of the CF patients who received a lung transplantation. Patients who had aspergillus on their culture obtained in the O.R. were four times more likely. ...Read more

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