Central Airways Obstruction Due to Aspergillus fumigatus After Lung Transplantation

Elizabeth Cerceo, Robert M. Kotloff, Denis Hadjiliadis, Vivek N. Ahya, Alberto Pochettino, Colin Gillespie, Jason D. Christie*

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Abstract

Aspergillus fumigatus may affect immunocompromised lung transplant patients in many ways. We report a new pulmonary manifestation of A fumigatus in 3 patients who underwent bilateral lung transplantation. All 3 subjects developed rapid decreases in pulmonary function and were found to have large central airways obstruction with thick plugs of mucus, heavily laden with Aspergillus species. All 3 patients presented with atypical features of Aspergillus infection, but all responded to treatments with either steroids, anti-fungals or both.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-519
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation

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