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Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis


Other Names for this Disease
  • ABPA
  • Allergic aspergillosis
  • Allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis
  • Aspergillosis, allergic bronchopulmonary
  • Hinson-Pepys disease
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Overview

Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is an allergic lung reaction to a type of fungus (Aspergillus fumigatus).[1][2] Symptoms vary, but may include wheezing, bronchial hyperreactivity, hemoptysis, productive cough, low-grade fever, malaise, and weight loss.[2][3] It is more common in people who have asthma or cystic fibrosis.[1][2] The recommended treatment for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is itraconazole, a prescription antifungal medication. Oral corticosteroids, like prednisone, may also be helpful.[2][3] The clinical course of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is variable. Many people with this condition can be stabilized for long periods when treated. However, only about 50% of patients achieve long-lasting remission and many require recurrent courses of treatment.[2]
Last updated: 5/21/2015

References

  1. Miles MC, Peters SP. Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. Merck Manual Consumer Version. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/lung-and-airway-disorders/asthma/allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis. Accessed 5/21/2015.
  2. Agarwal R. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. Orhanet. May 2012; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/OC_Exp.php?lng=en&Expert=1164. Accessed 5/21/2015.
  3. Aspergillosis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). September 8, 2014; http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/aspergillosis/index.html. Accessed 5/21/2015.
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • ABPA
  • Allergic aspergillosis
  • Allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis
  • Aspergillosis, allergic bronchopulmonary
  • Hinson-Pepys disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.