Aspergillus

Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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.

ABPA information

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. 

Additional information

Aspergillus is a common fungus found throughout the world, spread by microscopic spores which float in the air. We all breathe them in most of the time but most of us have efficient immune systems that kill the spores. Some people do not manage to kill all of the spores; sometimes because they are undergoing treatment that suppresses their immune systems (e.g. transplant patients, bone marrow transplant recipients), but sometimes because they are genetically susceptible (e.g.

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