Aspergillosis - Definition

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Aspergillosis is a parasitic infection due to the proliferation of the Aspergillus fumigatus fungi. Aspergillus is common in the air in the form of spores. People whose immune systems have been compromised by a disease, under cancer treatment, or have had a transplant are particularly vulnerable to aspergillosis. Broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis is the most common form in men and is responsible for respiratory difficulties and coughing up blood. It sometimes affects the skin, is responsible for red patches and other pimples. The diagnosis can generally be confirmed through study of the serum (serology) after blood is drawn and treatment with antifungals has begun.