Aspergilloma mimicking a lung cancer

Manabu Yasuda, Akira Nagashima, Akira Haro, Genkichi Saitoh

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INTRODUCTION Pulmonary aspergillosis occurs in the parenchymal cavities or ectatic airways. It rarely affects healthy people with an intact immune response. There have been few reports describing an aspergilloma mimicking a lung cancer. PRESENTATION OF CASE We experienced the case of an asymptomatic healthy 71-year-old female who was admitted with an abnormal lung shadow. Chest CT revealed an irregularly shaped solid lung nodule in the left upper lobe, which increased in size during the follow-up at a regional hospital. The pathology of the bronchial biopsy was negative for malignant cells, and the cultures were negative. Because a lung cancer was strongly suspected, video-assisted thoracic surgery was performed. Aspergillus was detected by a pathological study of the excised specimen, with no evidence of lung cancer. DISCUSSION It is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of aspergilloma by imaging findings in healthy people with an intact immune response, and therefore a surgical resection allows both the pathological diagnosis and treatment to be performed concurrently. CONCLUSION An aspergilloma presenting a mass shadow on imaging may mimic a lung cancer in healthy people with intact immune response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-692
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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