Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Aspergillosis Treatment, Diagnosis and Prevention: The Latest Guidelines

The latest guidelines for the treatment of most forms of aspergillosis have been published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and are available in full here.

These guidelines replace the last publication on treatment of aspergillosis published in the year 2000.

Aspergillus species have emerged as important causes of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Invasive aspergillosis currently constitutes the most common cause of infectious pneumonic mortality in patients undergoing
HSCT and is an important cause of opportunistic respiratory and disseminated infection in other immunocompromised patients.

Furthermore, Aspergillus species also produce a wide range of chronic, saprophytic, and allergic conditions. Although other forms of aspergillosis, such as ABPA, allergic sinusitis, and saprophytic infection, are also causes of morbidity, they are seldom life-threatening.

This document reviews guidelines for management of the 3 major forms of aspergillosis: invasive aspergillosis, chronic (and saprophytic)forms of aspergillosis, and allergic forms of aspergillosis (ABPA).

Given the public health importance of invasive aspergillosis,emphasis is placed on the diagnosis, treatment,and prevention of the different forms of invasive aspergillosis,including invasive pulmonary aspergillosis,sinus aspergillosis, disseminated aspergillosis, and several types of single-organ invasive aspergillosis.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing the attention of aspergillus issues to a wider audience.

The misery and suffering caused by aspergillus disease should be highlighted far more prominently.

We need more research, understanding and care for the sufferers.

Amber said...

This disease has dibilitated my mother's lungs and we can't find a doctor anywhere who will help treat it. She tested positive for it in her lungs. She now coughs blood everyday and has several holes in her lungs as seen on x-rays. She has yet to find a doctor who is willing to give medication to treat it. She is slowly dying, can't breathe and can barely walk because of her sever shortness of breath. Please let me know if any doctors out there will treat this disease! Please Please. and thank you for starting this website admin .

Graham Atherton said...

Hello Amber

Please contact us here at the National Aspergillosis Centre

admin@aspergillus.org.uk

Thanks

Graham Atherton

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Contact us at admin@aspergillus.org.uk