Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

An Evolving Challenge in Asthma
  • Brian M. Morrissey
  • Samuel Louie
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


  • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) represents an immunoglobulin E-mediated hypersensitivity to fungal antigens in patients with asthma.

  • Consider the possibility of ABPA in difficult-to-control asthma cases.

  • Reactive airway disease is commonly present in patients with ABPA.

  • ABPA is not an invasive fungal infection but may occasionally mimic invasive diseases.

  • Uncontrolled ABPA leads to progressive bronchiectasis and respiratory decline.

  • Early recognition of ABPA—before bronchiectasis becomes permanent and severe—may alter the clinical course.

  • Chest imaging can assist in early diagnosis.

  • Computed tomography (CT) imaging can define the extent and severity of bronchiectasis and identify ABPA complications.

  • Control of the acute and chronic inflammatory response is central to the treatment of ABPA.

  • Antifungal therapy is an important adjunct to corticosteroids and may be steroid-sparing.


Cystic Fibrosis Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis Invasive Fungal Disease Eosinophilic Pneumonia Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian M. Morrissey
    • 1
  • Samuel Louie
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of MedicineUniversity of California at DavisDavis

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