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Invasive mediastinal Aspergillosis in immunocompetent male with invasion of left atrium and hilar structures

Arun Kanala, Sunilnadikuda, P. Swathi Prakasham

Keywords : Aspergillus, galactomannan, heart, mediastinum, pulmonary veins, voriconazole

Citation Information : Kanala A, S, Prakasham PS. Invasive mediastinal Aspergillosis in immunocompetent male with invasion of left atrium and hilar structures. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (6):408-411.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_18_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Aspergillus is described as mould characterised by septate hyphae about 2-4μ in diameter, it is ubiquitous in nature and spreads by inhalation of spores. It causes opportunistic infections in almost six forms namely Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, Aspergillus sinusitis, Cutaneous aspergillosis, Aspergilloma, Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, Invasive aspergillosis. Invasive aspergillosis of mediastinum in an immunocompetent patient has rarely been reported. We present a case of a young male who had presented with chest pain, cough and breathleness was later diagnosed as fulminant mediastinal aspergillosis. Incisional biopsy with histology report and endotracheal cultures helped in diagnosing mediastinal aspergillosis. Despite initiation of the right antifungal therapy and best supportive measures, patient died of septic shock and multiorgan dysfunction. This case report highlights the need for higher suspicion in such cases of mediastinal masses and early tissue biopsy which can help in reducing mortality.

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