Fungus

Aspergillosis

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Aspergillosis, Aspergillus

  • Pathophysiology
  1. Pulmonary or systemic infection of Aspergillus fungi
  2. Occurs in debilitated or immunocompromised patients
  • Predisposing factors
  1. Chronic illness
  2. Long term use of antibiotics or Corticosteroids
  3. Irradiation
  • Symptoms
  1. Pulmonary
    1. Dyspnea
    2. Cough
    3. Hemoptysis
  2. Systemic
    1. Skin eruption
    2. Arthralgias
    3. Mental status change
  • Signs
  1. Pulmonary
    1. Fever
    2. Purulent Sputum
  2. Systemic or Disseminated Infection
    1. Skin eruption
    2. Infection of ears, eyes, sinuses
  1. Pulmonary aspergilloma
    1. Unique crescentic radiolucency
    2. Surrounds a circular shadow