Pulmonary aspergillomas may cause life-threatening hemoptysis. The treatment of this condition is problematic because poor pulmonary function often precludes definitive surgical resection.
Rasmussen’s aneurysm is rare sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis. The hemoptysis caused by rupturing of it is usually massive and needs early and aggressive management. To our knowledge, we are the first to report a case of Rasmussen’s aneurysm with aspergilloma proved pathologically. The accomplishment of aspergilloma changes the first choice of treatment from endovascular embolisation to surgery.
Pulmonary aspergilloma is a chronic fungal infection that has a high mortality when hemoptysis occurs. Surgery is the treatment of choice, but patients often have severe physiologic impairment putting them at risk for significant surgical morbidity and mortality. We present the case of a 63-year-old woman with a large aspergilloma, unfit for surgery due to medical reasons. The aspergilloma was enlarging, with progression of the patient’s symptoms of anorexia, cough, chest discomfort, and hemoptysis. Bronchoscopy revealed an airway leading into a cavity with a large fungal ball. Biopsy confirmed Aspergillus fumigatus. Using flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, the aspergilloma was mechanically removed. Eighteen months later the patient reported no hemoptysis, reduced pain and cough, significant weight gain, and improved appetite, with no recurrence of the aspergilloma on repeat imaging. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of bronchoscopic removal of a large cavitary aspergilloma. This important new treatment modality provides a viable alternative therapy for this potentially life-threatening problem.
We have identified the first case of a fks1 hot spot 1 point mutation causing echinocandin resistance in a clinical Aspergillus fumigatus isolate recovered from a chronic pulmonary aspergillosis patient with an aspergilloma who first failed azole and polyene therapy, and then subsequently failed micafungin treatment.
In patients who are not amenable to surgical resection (cavernostomy), it is difficult to achieve palliation of hemoptysis from pulmonary aspergilloma. There are only 9 cases with a short follow-up that have reported the use of radiotherapy for hemoptysis in this scenario.
- The Korean journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
- Published 7 months ago
Herein, we describe the case of a 67-year-old female patient who presented with cough and haemoptysis. Chest computed tomography revealed destruction of the left lower lobe and multiple fungus balls in a bronchiectatic cavity. A left lower lobectomy was performed via thoracotomy. Histopathological examination of the lung showed a concomitant aspergilloma and multiple tumourlets in the large bronchiectatic cavity. Pulmonary intracavitary aspergilloma and concomitant tumourlets are quite rare. Our report presents this interesting case that manifested with haemoptysis.
Aspergillomas occur due to colonization of a pre-existing pulmonary, bronchial or pleural cavity by Aspergillus spp. Often asymptomatic, this pathology can reveal itself by recurrent haemoptysis or when bacterial superinfections occur. Aspergillomas occurring in post-traumatic cavities are rare and their management is poorly codified.
Aspergilloma results from the development, inside preexisting pulmonary cavities, of aspergillus spores. It is most commonly manifested by hemoptysis. The goal of this retrospective study is to report our surgical experience of this disease. From January 2004 to December 2008, 35 patients underwent surgery at the same center for pulmonary aspergilloma. We examined the epidemiological, clinical, paraclinical, therapeutic, and outcome data. The patients' median age was 43.37 years (range: 20-70 years), 28 were male. The average time to consultation was 19.35 months (1-120 months), and all patients had a history of pulmonary tuberculosis. Hemoptysis was the symptom observed most often, in 54.3% of patients, followed by bronchorrhea. Aspergillus serology was positive for 22 patients. The standard radiological image was found in 20 patients. We performed 14 lobectomies, 1 bilobectomy, 1 segmentectomy, 1 bisegmentectomy, 3 lobectomies with segmentectomies, 1 bilobectomy with segmentectomy, and 14 pleuropneumonectomies. In one case, the pulmonary artery was damaged and repaired. The average duration of intensive care was 3.54 days (2-7 days) and of total hospitalization, 17.33 days (7-48). Complications were: empyema (3 cases), a large air leak (1 case), parietal suppuration (5 cases), and pleural effusion, which was drained (3 cases). There was no postoperative mortality. After 35 months (1-72), one case of recurrent hemoptysis by reinfestation was observed. Three patients died of respiratory failure, one at 6 months and the other two at 1 year after the surgery. Despite the associated morbidity, surgical treatment of pulmonary aspergilloma must be proposed systematically to these subjects presenting hemoptysis.
A case of localized lung scedosporiosis is reported here that mimicked aspergilloma in an immunocompetent host. Through this case the importance of considering Scedosporium spp. in differential diagnosis of locally invasive lung infections and fungal ball is highlighted. As it is difficult to differentiate Scedosporium from Aspergillus on clinical grounds, microscopy, radiology and histopathology, this case is further emphasizing the significance of the definitive etiological characterization of Scedosporium through culture or molecular diagnostic tools. Accurate identification of Scedosporium, surgical resection and high-dose voriconazole has been associated with favorable outcome in most reported cases of scedosporiosis.
A 59-year-old man, ex-smoker, was diagnosed with pulmonary aspergillosis according to chest radiography findings of a fungus ball and Aspergillus fumigatus detection in the bronchial lavage fluid. Two years after anti-fungal therapy, he was diagnosed with autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (APAP) according to a crazy paving pattern in computed tomography scans of the chest, milky bronchoalveolar lavage effluent, and positive anti-granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) autoantibody in the serum. The patient ultimately died of respiratory failure caused by APAP four months after GM-CSF therapy commenced. Aspergillus infection may thus be associated with the onset and progression of APAP and tolerance to GM-CSF therapy.