Introduction: Aspergillus can cause a variety of clinical syndromes in the lung, the most common are invasive aspergillosis, aspergilloma and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. Although Aspergillus is regularly isolated in sputum samples from patients with an acute exacerbation in COPD the clinical significance remains unclear.
Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate if sputum cultures positive for Aspergillus in COPD patients are a predictor for mortality.
Methods: In 29 of 795 patients of the Cohort of Mortality and Inflammation in COPD (COMIC) study there was a sputum culture positive for
Results: Baseline characteristics between the groups (e.g demographics and lung function measures) were equal. The log-rank test showed no
Conclusion: A positive sputum culture for Aspergillus is not a predictor for all-cause mortality in COPD patients.
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- ERS 26th (2016)