BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.03.2012.6144
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Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis diagnosed by broncho-alveolar lavage

  1. Michihiro Uchiyama
  1. Department of Hematology, Suwa Red Cross Hospital, Suwa, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michihiro Uchiyama, mi.uchiyama{at}


A 72-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital in August 2011 with a 5-day history of fever. She had been taking predonisolone at 10 mg/day for several years as treatment for autoimmune thrombocytopaenia. On admission, she was febrile with a body temperature of 38.5°C, and peripheral oxygen saturation was 88% in room air. Serum β-D-glucan and galactomannan (GM) testing yielded negative results. Chest …

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