Aspergilloma: gross pathology

Case contributed by Dr Yale Rosen

Presentation

Recent haemoptysis

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Lobectomy

Modality: Photo

Section through the lung demonstrating a fungus ball - aspergilloma- occupying and filling an oldtuberculous cavity. 

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Case Discussion

This is a good example of an aspergilloma - this is essentially a 'ball' of viable fungus that has colonised and old cystic cavity, in this example and old tuberculous cavity. 

These are chronic lesions, usually with minimal symptoms; this is in stark contrast to invasive aspergillosis which is a rapidly progressive and often fatal disease process seen in immunosuppressed patients   

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Case Information

rID: 8634
Case created: 18th Feb 2010
Last edited: 7th Jan 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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