What are the tests to evaluate for, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa) if one has chronic cough and its suspected to be fungi related?

Xray and blood. The patient with abpa can be diagnosed by a variety of tests including a positive aspergillus titer, an elevated ige and positive skin tests to aspergillus. The chest xray is also usually abnormal. It may be time to see a pulmonologist or allergist.

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What are the tests needed for evaluation of a possible allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (abpa), secondly, is it a fungal infection? Pls help

Imaging. CBC to look for eosinophils, ige level, sputum culture. Technically it is an allergic reaction to the fungal organisms in the airways (colonization), not an invasive infection. Read more...
ABPA. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is an intense allergic reaction your lungs are having to aspergillus mould deposited/ colonized from the environment into the airways. It can result in an asthma like picture w/inflammation & mucus plugging & long term to scaring in the lungs. There is no spedific test but doctors look at the radiographs, history, skin test to aspergilius, ige/g level. Read more...

What is the difference between allergic and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis?

Huge. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a disorder where the pt wheezes when exposed. It s treated with bronchodilators and steroids and shows obstructive change on pfts. Invasive aspergillosis usually occurs in immunosuppressed pts and is a necrotizing lung infection needing anti fungal antibiotics, it carries a high mortality. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
ABPA. Unless they are very very young, have an immune deficiency, malignancy or are on long term immunosuppressive therapy, then the answer is a resounding "no". Read more...