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Pulmonary aspergillosis - invasive

  • Alternative Names

    Aspergillosis - acute invasive

    • Chest pain
    • Cough (dry, or producing blood or phlegm)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever
    • Joint pain
    • Unintentional weight loss

    Signs and tests

    Listening to the chest with a stethoscope (auscultation) occasionally reveals crackles or a pleural friction rub -- a sound made by the inflamed lining of the lung rubbing against the lung.

    Tests may include:

    • Open lung biopsy
    • Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsy
    • Sputum culture and fungal stains
    • Chest x-ray
    • Chest CT scan
    • CBC showing a low neutrophil count