Last updated: Thursday, 11, November, 2010
Diagnostic imaging, as appropriate.
Pathology tests detect either colonisation or infection with Aspergillus spp.
See also Infection (increased susceptibility)
Fungal ball formation (lung cavities, sinuses)
Sputum microscopy and culture for fungus. If indicated - biopsy with fungal culture.
Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
Aspergillus precipitins. Skin prick allergen testing with antigens of Aspergillus spp and/or testing for allergen specific immunoglobulin E; immunoglobulin E. Leucocyte differential count including eosinophil count.
Ear swab - fungal microscopy and culture.
Corneal scrapings - fungal microscopy and culture.
Invasive pulmonary infection
Lung (open or transbronchial) biopsy - microscopy and histology to detect septate hyphae; fungal culture to confirm the identification of the fungus.
Tissue biopsy - fungal microscopy and culture.