Aspergillus in the lung: diverse and coincident forms

Eur Radiol. 2003 Aug;13(8):1786-800. doi: 10.1007/s00330-002-1813-4. Epub 2003 May 29.


Pulmonary disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus has traditionally been regarded as belonging to one of the following, apparently distinct, entities: saprophytic aspergilloma; allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA); and invasive aspergillosis (IPA); which may be further categorised as angioinvasive, acute or chronic airway invasive) [1]. It is not always obvious that there is overlap between these entities, and that in any given patient more than one Aspergillus-related pathological process can co-exist [2]. The aim of this article is to review the clinical and imaging features of the main categories of Aspergillus-related pulmonary disease and, in particular, to highlight the overlap between them.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Alveolitis, Extrinsic Allergic / diagnostic imaging
  • Aspergillosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aspergillosis / pathology
  • Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary / pathology
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung Diseases, Fungal / pathology
  • Radiography