Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis after COVID-19 Pneumonia

Keywords

COVID-19, pulmonary aspergillosis, Aspergillus niger

Abstract

COVID-19 emerged in China in late 2019 and quickly spread worldwide. The severe immunomodulation and depletion of lymphocytes caused by the virus and its therapy led to an increase in the incidence of superinfections. COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA) is a new entity with increasing incidence and high associated mortality.

We present the case of a 68-year-old patient admitted to our ward after recovering from severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Due to worsening of her clinical condition, chest computed tomography was performed and a lung abscess was documented with the identification of Aspergillus niger. Despite therapy with voriconazole, the patient’s condition deteriorated, culminating in her death.

COVID-19 emerged in China in late 2019 and quickly spread worldwide. The severe immunomodulation and depletion of lymphocytes caused by the virus and its therapy led to an increase in the incidence of superinfections. COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA) is a new entity with increasing incidence and high associated mortality.

We present the case of a 68-year-old patient admitted to our ward after recovering from severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Due to worsening of her clinical condition, chest computed tomography was performed and a lung abscess was documented with the identification of Aspergillus niger. Despite therapy with voriconazole, the patient’s condition deteriorated, culminating in her death.

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  • Published: 2022-03-02

    Issue: 2022: Vol 9 No 3 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    David F, Rodrigues Morais J, Beires F, Greefield H, Fernandes GL. Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis after COVID-19 Pneumonia. EJCRIM 2022;9 doi:10.12890/2022_003209.

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