Simultaneous chronic invasive fungal infection and tracheal fungus ball mimicking cancer in an immunocompetent patient

Erdoǧan Çetinkaya, Mustafa Çörtük, Şule Gül, Ali Mert, Hilal Boyaci, Ertan Çam, H. Erhan Dincer

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Abstract

Fungal infections of the lung are uncommon and mainly affect people with immune deficiency. There are crucial problems in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and candidiasis are the most common opportunistic fungal infections. Aspergillus species (spp.) are saprophytes molds that exist in nature as spores and rarely cause disease in immunocompetent individuals. In patients with immune deficiency or chronic lung disease, such as cavitary lung disease or bronchiectasis, Aspergillus may cause a variety of aspergillosis infections. Here we present a case of a 57-year-old patient without immunodeficiency or chronic lung disease who was diagnosed with endotracheal fungus ball and chronic fungal infection, possibly due to Aspergillus. Bronchoscopic examination showed a paralyzed right vocal cord and vegetating mass that was yellow in color, at the posterior wall of tracheal lumen. After 3 months, both the parenchymal and tracheal lesions were completely resolved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2416452
JournalCase Reports in Medicine
Volume2016
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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