Aspergillus fumigatus during stable state and exacerbations of COPD.
Bacteria are often isolated in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Whether fungi are also commonly present and associated with clinical and pathological features of disease is uncertain. We investigated the frequency of filamentous fungal culture and IgE sensitisation to Aspergillus fumigatus and the relationship to clinical outcomes in COPD subjects. COPD subjects were recruited to enter a 1-year observational study. Assessments of lung function, allergen testing and sputum ...Expand abstract
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