Surgical Treatment of Pulmonary Aspergilloma

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Thoracic Surgeon, Lung disease Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Thoracic Surgeon, department of general surgery, 5th of Azar Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran

3 Pulmonologist, Lung disease Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

4 Medical student, Student Research Committee, Faculty of medicine, Mashhad university of medical science, Mashhad, Iran

5 Medical student, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran

6 Medical student, Student Research Committee, Faculty of medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Science, Mashhad, Iran

7 Biologist, research expert, Lung disease Research Center, Emam Reza hospital, Mashhad university of medical science, Mashhad, Iran


Introduction: Surgical approaches for the management of pulmonary aspergilloma have been accompanied with high levels of morbidity and mortality. However, these therapeutic options are still favored over other approaches for the treatment of Pulmonary Aspergilloma. In this study, we aimed to describe the characteristics of 30 patients with aspergilloma who referred to  Ghaem hospital between 2017-2018 and describe their results.
Materials and Methods: This retrospective study was conducted on 30 patients (i.e., 21 males and 9 females) with pulmonary aspergilloma who were treated via surgery. The patients were examined based on their age, gender, clinical symptoms prior to surgery, affected pulmonary lobe, surgical method, and postoperative complications.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 48.13(5.2) years. Hemoptysis (90%) was the most common symptom of pulmonary aspergilloma, followed by productive cough and drug-resistant pneumonia. The most common problematic lobes included left upper lobe and right upper lobe. Regarding the surgical method, 21 and 9 patients underwent lobectomy and segmentectomy, respectively. After the surgery, residual space, wound infection, ad bronchopleural fistula was observed in 5 (16.7%), 3 (10%), and 2 (6.7%) cases, respectively. Furthermore, only one patient passed away.
Conclusion: As the findings indicated, the methods of surgery (i.e., lobectomy and segmentectomy) showed effective treatment for patients.


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