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Aspergillus spores are ubiquitous and are the most frequently found fungus in the environment. Increased concentrations of spores have been noted in winter months. Pathogenicity of the Aspergillus species has to do with properties of the spores; namely their light weight, thick walls and small size which allow for their growth in terminal bronchioles. Host […]

Invasive aspergillosis has become a significant cause of death in immunosuppressed patients. Patients with acute leukemia and lymphoma are particularly susceptible. Postulated risk factors include granulocytopenia, and treatment with corticosteroids, antibiotics and cytotoxic chemotherapy. Qualitative disorders of granulocyte function described in acute leukemia may also increase the risk of Aspergillus infection. Because Aspergillus species are […]