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Re: Re: Re: Re: fungus ball

David Denning
April 20, 1999 09:21PM
Medication would either inhibit or kill your fungus in the lung. If it inhibits, hopefully your immune system, white cells, would kill the fungus in situ. The response rate in your sort of infection is 44% with itraconazole (oral) and a similar response with amphotericin b and voriconazole (experimental). However people who fail one therapy often respond to another.
Surgery would remove the lesion but I have seen such lesions come back subsequently.
Hope this helps.
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> Your assumptions are correct. I have no condition, HIV, diabetes, etc. which would predispose me to this infection. A CT scan done before the biopsy showed this to be an isolated nodule with nothing else amiss in my lungs. It showed up as a white sphere about the size of a nickle. It is in the upper, outer quandrant of my left lung, high and on the outside. As I have no symptoms, I am not sure how medical treatment would work. I understand that anti fungal drugs are quite unpleasant. If it is not a general infection, that is if it is isolated, can the actual fungus ball be eliminated through medication?
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> My chest specialist tells me the surgeon would probably perform a thoracoscopy instead of a thoracotomy. Thanks for your interest. Any further input would be appreciated.
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