Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis coupled with broncholithiasis in a non-asthmatic patient

J Korean Med Sci. 2007 Apr;22(2):365-8. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2007.22.2.365.


Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), an asthmatic disease, is caused primarily by hypersensitivity to Aspergillus species. ABPA is rarely observed in the absence of asthma, which is, in fact, the principle criterion for its diagnosis. Here, we report the case of a 36-yr-old woman without a history of bronchial asthma, who manifested a localized pneumonic consolidation, coupled with broncholithiasis. Pathologic examinations of bronchoscopic biopsy specimens and resected surgical specimens revealed features typical of ABPA. This is a very rare case of ABPA coupled with broncholithiasis in a non-asthmatic individual.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary / complications*
  • Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary / diagnosis*
  • Asthma
  • Bronchial Diseases / complications*
  • Bronchial Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lithiasis / complications*
  • Lithiasis / diagnosis*