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Aspergillosis Overview

What is aspergillosis?
A person with aspergillosis often has an infection of the lungs, caused by the fungus, Aspergillus. Aspergillus can spread through the bloodstream where it can affect other organs including the skin. Aspergillosis is more common in people with weak immune systems, such as those with AIDS or cancer. A closely related condition, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, is a lung condition that is caused by an allergy to aspergillus.

What are the symptoms of aspergillosis?
Aspergillosis causes coughing, chest pain, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Aspergillosis can spread to the skin where it will cause skin lesions. In some cases, it may cause a rapidly spreading red rash that has a blackened center.

How does the doctor treat aspergillosis?
Treatment for systemic aspergillosis is with antifungal medications. Surgery is less commonly required.

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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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