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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 62-68

Ubiquitous Fungus Irking Inclined Wheezers - A succinct on Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis


1 Post graduate -Department of Respiratory Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, India
2 Senior Consultant Pulmonologist, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Amal Johnson
Post graduate, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/WKMP-0215.309241

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Aspergillus mold cause respiratory disease depending upon the host immunity and organism virulence. ABPA is the most significant manifestation of allergic aspergillosis. It is an immunological pulmonary disease caused by hypersensitivity reaction to the aspergillus antigen in susceptible patients, most commonly with asthma and cystic fibrosis. The presentation can range from mild symptoms to extensive lung disease that may manifest as respiratory failure. This review summarizes the history, epidemiology, risk factors, immunopathogenesis, pathology, clinical features, diagnostic criteria, laboratory and radiological investigations and management of ABPA.


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