What is included in patient education about mold-related allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM)?

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Shih-Wen Huang, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Patients with ABPA should be advised of the source of Aspergillus in the environment. Decomposing organic matter serves as a substrate for the growth of Aspergillus species. Also, Aspergillus species have been recovered from potting soil, wood chips, mulches, freshly cut grass, decaying vegetation, crawl spaces, and sewage treatment facilities, as well as from outdoor air. Aspergillus spores also grow in excreta from birds.

The same information should be given to patients who develop ABPM from exposure to specific fungi.


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