Percutaneous treatment with amphotericin B of mycotic lung lesions from invasive aspergillosis: results in 10 immunocompromised patients

Eur Radiol. 2000;10(12):1939-44. doi: 10.1007/s003300000469.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of percutaneous treatment of pulmonary lesions from invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. From 1992 to 1998, ten patients (seven men and three women; mean age 56 years) affected by hematological neoplasms (8 acute myeloid leukemias, 2 non-Hodgkin's lymphomas) and post-chemotherapy prolonged neutropenia developed pulmonary lesions from invasive aspergillosis. A total of 13 lesions (diameter 2-7 cm, median 5 cm) were treated percutaneously due to insufficiency of the high-dose i.v. therapy; under CT guidance, a median of 10 cm3 per session of a 1 mg/cm3 diluted solution of amphotericin B was injected through a fine needle (21-22 G); 45 sessions overall were performed (one to five per lesion, median four), according to the volume of the nodules, tolerance, and complications. The results were retrospectively evaluated either radiologically or clinically. Complications were cough, mild hemoptysis, and small pneumothorax and/or pleural effusion. No major complications occurred. One month after the beginning of treatment, 8 lesions completely resolved, 4 greatly improved, and 1 was not significantly reduced. In all ten patients symptoms improved (eight of ten could restart chemotherapy as scheduled). After antiblastic retreatment, 1 patient had mycotic recurrence. In our experience transthoracic topical treatment with amphotericin B of single or few lung lesions from invasive aspergillosis was effective, affording a rapid improvement of the lesions and symptoms, and allowing continuation of chemotherapy as scheduled, thereby reducing the risk of recurrences.

MeSH terms

  • Amphotericin B / administration & dosage*
  • Antifungal Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Aspergillosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Aspergillosis / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Hematologic Neoplasms / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Injections, Intralesional
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Punctures
  • Radiography, Interventional*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Amphotericin B