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National Aspergillosis Centre holds a patients meeting on the first Friday of each month from 1pm (light lunch) with talks from 1.30pm-3.30pm at the Altounyan Suite in the North West Lung Centre at University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM), Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.
CPA is a long term aspergillus infection of the lung and Aspergillus fumigatusis almost always the species responsible for this illness. Sufferers of CPA have healthy immune systems which under usual circumstances would completely eradicate an infection by this fungus. Consequently the infection cannot rapidly invade the patient but manages to inhabit areas of the body where it can find a toehold.
This is a condition where a patient develops an allergy to the spores of Aspergillus moulds. Predominantly it affects asthma patients but also cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis patients.
Accurate diagnosis has never been straightforward for aspergillosis, but modern tools are being developed rapidly and are now improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis.
A patient presenting at the clinic will first be asked to give a history of the symptoms that they have noticed. Depending on this history a number of tests may be requested from the following list:
A blood test
X-rays or CT scan of the chest
A skin test to measure sensitivity to Aspergillus allergens
Infectious diseases caused by the fungus Aspergillus are called aspergillosis. The severity of aspergillosis is determined by various factors, but one of the most important is a weakened immune system. Infections can effect any area of the body, but by far the most common are the lungs and sinuses.
There are three distinct groups of people who have aspergillosis:
If you are reading this for the first time it probably means that you or someone you are supporting has a suspected or confirmed aspergillosis. There is a lot of information on aspergillosis available on the internet and some of it is alarming, so we should start with the following: there are several different types of aspergillosis, all of which are treatable and it is only acute invasive aspergillosis that needs urgent treatment. You will have many questions about what happens next but let's start with the most obvious ones first.
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