Bronchoscopy

Diagnosis

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

Welcome

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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