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Pulmonary aspergilloma

  • Alternative Names

    Fungus ball; Mycetoma; Aspergilloma


    Treatment

    Many patients never develop symptoms. Often, no treatment is needed, unless you are coughing up blood.

    Occasionally, antifungal medications may be used.

    Sometimes, injecting dye into the blood vessels (angiography) may be used to find the site of bleeding. The bleeding is stopped by shooting tiny pellets into the bleeding vessel.

    Surgery is often the only choice if there is life-threatening bleeding.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome can be good in many patients. However, it depends on the severity of the condition and your overall health.

    Surgery may be very successful in some cases, but it is complex and can have a high risk of serious complications.


    Complications
    • Difficulty breathing that gets worse
    • Massive bleeding from the lung
    • Spread of the infection (see acute invasive aspergillosis)

    Calling your health care provider

    See your health care provider if you cough up blood, and mention any other symptoms that have developed.