Monday, 24 September 2012

Newsbite: Rarity of Aspergillosis Claims Another Victim

Invasive aspergillosis is so rare (especially in people with healthy immune systems) there are many doctors who have never seen a case. Aspergillosis is also good at mimicking other types of infection so accurate diagnosis is difficult and tends to be slow, leading to a poorer outcome. We have already reported in this blog several fatalities caused by these problems (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and this case is another - the lead surgeon had never seen a case in 25 years of practice. The only solution for this will be to increase awareness of aspergillosis and to improve diagnostic tools.
In addition NOTE that this case was only uncovered after an autopsy was performed - this vital learning tool is underused as discussed in an earlier blog more...

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