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Right apical cavity, patient DT

This chest radiograph (AMBER film) demonstrates the typical extensive pleural thickening at the right apex, seen in patients with aspergillomas. The cavity appears not to contain an aspergilloma but on CT scan had some ‘debris’ and Aspergillus antibiotics (precipitins) were strongly positive. The differential diagnosis lies between an aspergilloma and chronic invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. The extensive pleural thickening is heavily in favour of an aspergilloma, even without a well demonstrated fungal ball in the cavity.

 

Embolisation
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