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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-45

Aspergilloma in a hydatid cyst masquerading as pulmonary tuberculosis

Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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LT Col. Dr. Manu Chopra
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Military Hospital, Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2320-8775.196656

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Aspergilloma is a saprophytic infection that colonizes preexisting lung cavities that presents as a fungal ball. Typically, an aspergilloma develops in cavities formed as a result of diseases such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, bronchiectasis, lung abscess, and cavitary neoplasia, but it has also been reported, though rarely, in pulmonary cavities as a consequence of the removal of a hydatid cyst. The clinical features of pulmonary aspergilloma, ruptured hydatid cyst, and tuberculosis are similar in the form of cough, hemoptysis, and low-grade fever. In a developing country like India, wherein pulmonary tuberculosis is the most common cause of a chronic cough with hemoptysis; we present an unusual case of aspergilloma in a ruptured hydatid cyst masquerading as pulmonary tuberculosis.

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