Yonsei Med J.  2000 Jun;41(3):422-425. 10.3349/ymj.2000.41.3.422.

A case of endobronchial aspergilloma

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. joonchang@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
  • 2The Institute of Chest Disease, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Sciences, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Pochon Cha University, Seoul, Korea.


Pulmonary aspergillosis may be classified under three categories, depending upon whether the host is atopic or immunocompromised: invasive aspergillosis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) or aspergilloma. However, it is not always possible to effectively categorize this disease. We experienced a case of endobronchial aspergilloma, which was difficult to categorize, in a healthy male patient. The chest X-ray and computed tomography showed an ill-defined nodule mimicking lung cancer. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed an aspergilloma without cavity formation in the left lower laterobasal segmental bronchial orifice. The aspergilloma was removed and the patient's symptoms were relieved. We present this unusual case with a review of the literature.


Endobronchial aspergilloma; bronchoscopy

MeSH Terms

Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary/pathology
Aspergillosis, Allergic Bronchopulmonary/diagnosis*
Case Report
Diagnosis, Differential
Fiber Optics
Lung Neoplasms/radiography
Radiography, Thoracic
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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