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Aspergillus Infection of the Airways: Computed Tomography and Pathologic Findings

Franquet, Tomás MD; Müller, Nestor L MD, PHD; Oikonomou, Anastasia MD; Flint, Julia D MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: January/February 2004 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - pp 10-16
Thoracic Imaging: Pictorial Essay

Aspergillosis is a serious pathologic condition caused by Aspergillus organisms and is frequently seen in immunocompromised patients. In recent years, it has been shown that Aspergillus infection can result in a broad range of airway complications. In this article, we illustrate and review the characteristic computed tomography and pathologic findings of the different manifestations of Aspergillus infection involving the airways.

From the Departments of Radiology (Drs Franquet, Müller, and Oikonomou) and Diagnostic Pathology (Dr Flint), Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Center and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Reprints: Tomás Franquet, Department of Radiology, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Avda Sant Antoni M. Claret 167, 08025 Barcelona, Spain (e-mail: 19429tfc@comb.es).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.