We received a question from one of our website visitors. The question was “What can you tell me about mould growing in the lungs?? I have a friend who was first thought to have lung cancer but it has been confirmed that she has mould growing in her lungs faster than the lungs can repair themselves. Her symptoms are emphasemic like – but xrays say no. Can you offer any advice?”
Which mould could this one be? Some species of Aspergillus, primarily Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus flavus cause a lung disease condition called Aspergillosis. There are three forms of aspergillosis namely allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), pulmonary aspergilloma and invasive aspergillosis. ABPA occurs in individuals with Type 1 hypersensitivity to Aspergillus spp. Pulmonary aspergilloma (also known as mycetoma or fungus ball) occurs in healthy individuals but requires a pre-existing cystic lung space in which to grow. Invasive aspergillosis occurs in severely immune-suppressed individuals.
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