Cystic fibrosis complicated by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

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Pediatric patient with known cystic fibrosis presents with worsening cough. On examination there was reduced air entry in the right upper lobe.

Patient Data

Age: 8
Gender: Male

There is nodular dense opacification in a finger-in-glove configuration overlying the right hilum and extending into the right upper lobe. This is likely to represent a combination of hilar lymphadenopathy and infective consolidation/bronchial plugging. In addition there is perihilar consolidation on the left.

Case Discussion

Atopic patients are predisposed to allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) through defective immuno-regulation. Both asthma and cystic fibrosis are strongly associated with atopy. Presenting symptoms raising the possibility of ABPA in these patient groups include worsening respiratory symptoms, low-grade fever, weight loss and malaise.  

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Case information

rID: 44558
Published: 1st May 2016
Last edited: 24th Dec 2019
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