Invasive bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

What is Invasive Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (IBPA)?

Invasive bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (IBPA) is a type of fungal infection caused by the Aspergillus family of fungi. It occurs when these fungi invade the lungs and spread to other parts of the body such as the heart, brain, and other organs. People who have weakened immune systems are more likely to develop this infection.

Symptoms of IBPA

Symptoms of IBPA can vary from person to person but can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue

Diagnosis of IBPA

Invasive bronchopulmonary aspergillosis can be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can be similar to other conditions. To diagnose IBPA, your doctor may perform imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI. Additionally, they may also order a bronchoscopy to obtain a sample of tissue or fluid for further testing. This testing can help to detect the presence of the fungus.

Treatment of IBPA

Treatment for IBPA will depend on the severity of the infection. It may involve the use of antifungal medications such as itraconazole, voriconazole, or posaconazole. Your doctor may also suggest surgery to remove infected areas of the lungs or a lung transplant.

Prevention of IBPA

The best way to prevent IBPA is to boost your immune system. To do this, get plenty of rest, maintain a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Additionally, you should avoid contact with people who have weakened immune systems or are known to have IBPA.