Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Patients with Underlying Respiratory Disorders in Cuba-A Pilot Study.

Author: 

Beltrán Rodríguez N, San Juan-Galán JL, Fernández Andreu CM, María Yera D, Barrios Pita M, Perurena Lancha MR, Velar Martínez RE, Illnait Zaragozí MT, Martínez Machín GF.
J Fungi (Basel). 2019 Feb 22;5(1). pii: E18.

Abstract: 

Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a fungal infection with high mortality and morbidity rates. This disease is caused by several Aspergillus species and affects patients with an underlying respiratory condition. This pilot study aims to recognize CPA among patients with different respiratory diseases. Twenty-one out of 47 patients were classified as CPA based on the examination of clinical signs and symptoms, radiological findings, mycological culture of respiratory samples and analysis of Aspergillus IgG antibodies. There was a close association between high levels of Aspergillus IgG antibodies and the presence of cavities. Although Aspergillus flavus was the predominant species among clinical isolates, the number of isolates was small to reach conclusions on the prevalence of this species as main cause of CPA in Cuba. From the eleven evaluable patients for the treatment with itraconazole (Lozartil®), nine improved their health status while two did not show any recovery. This drug is included in the therapy schemes for aspergillosis in Cuba.

KEYWORDS:

IgG; aspergillosis; cavities; diagnosis; itraconazole