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Aspergillosis in Wikipedia

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This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Aspergillosis". (Source - Retrieved 2006-09-07 14:22:52 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspergillosis)

Introduction

Aspergillosis is the name given to a wide variety of diseases caused by the genus of fungi Aspergillus. The most common forms are allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, pulmonary aspergilloma and invasive aspergillosis. Compromised immune systems often allow Aspergillus to colonize.

Diagnosis

On chest X-ray and computed tomography pulmonary aspergillosis classically manifests as an air crescent sign.$[1]$

Treatment

The drugs amphotericin B, flucytosine, itraconazole and caspofungin are used to treat fungal infections.

References

  1. Curtis AM, Smith GJ, Ravin CE. Air crescent sign of invasive aspergillosis. Radiology. 1979 Oct;133(1):17-21. PMID 472287. Free Full Text.
 

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