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

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: Fairly low

Aspergillosis is an uncommon infection.
You didn't say what type of organ transplant, making it a bit challenging to answer comprehensively. The transplant type with greatest risk of this tricky infection is lung transplant. Many lung recipients are routinely (+ effectively) treated with anti-fungal meds (aspergillus is a fungus), while other txp type recipients are not, because it is so uncommon.

In brief: Fairly low

Aspergillosis is an uncommon infection.
You didn't say what type of organ transplant, making it a bit challenging to answer comprehensively. The transplant type with greatest risk of this tricky infection is lung transplant. Many lung recipients are routinely (+ effectively) treated with anti-fungal meds (aspergillus is a fungus), while other txp type recipients are not, because it is so uncommon.
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Somewhat higher

Since you are on immunosuppressive drugs, your risk in developing invasive Aspergillus infection is somewhat higher. Be sure that there is no excessive moisture in your home leading to increased fungal growth including Aspergillus.
However most transplant recipients do not have problem with Aspergillus .

In brief: Somewhat higher

Since you are on immunosuppressive drugs, your risk in developing invasive Aspergillus infection is somewhat higher. Be sure that there is no excessive moisture in your home leading to increased fungal growth including Aspergillus.
However most transplant recipients do not have problem with Aspergillus .
Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Depends

The risk for developing aspergillus after organ transplant is related to the type of transplant.
For instance kidney and liver transplants have very low risk for invasive aspergillus infection. Patients with lung transplant and bone marrow transplant have a higher risk. Also the underlying lung disease you had increases risk as well (ie cystic fibrosis patients have higher risk than COPD pts).

In brief: Depends

The risk for developing aspergillus after organ transplant is related to the type of transplant.
For instance kidney and liver transplants have very low risk for invasive aspergillus infection. Patients with lung transplant and bone marrow transplant have a higher risk. Also the underlying lung disease you had increases risk as well (ie cystic fibrosis patients have higher risk than COPD pts).
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