Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA)

We just learned that Elena's recent throat culture tested positive for aspergillus. Her first time. Thank goodness she is doing so well otherwise and is not showing symptoms of ABPA. We'll learn more from the doctor tomorrow when Elena has her blood drawn. Hoping she cooperates like last time.

What is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)?

Aspergillus species is a fungus that often lives in the airways of adolescents and young adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). When people develop an allergic reaction to aspergillus, it is called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis. ABPA affects about 2 to 11% of the people with CF. It causes inflammation in the lungs and, if untreated, can cause further scarring and fibrosis.

See more HERE

Thanks for your continued prayers. We are hopeful that this will be nothing since she has continued to be so healthy and shows no symptoms of anything more serious.

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