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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 457-459
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2001/201967
Clinical Vignette

An Unusual Example of Asperigillus Species Lung Disease

Richard L Pardy,1 Martha Grymaloski,2 and Blair AM Walker3

1Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital and The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2Department of Diagnostic Imaging, St Paul’s Hospital and The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
3Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital and The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Abstract

A 37-year-old man developed persistent hemoptysis after sustaining a gunshot wound to the right shoulder and lung. A right upper lobectomy was performed, in which Aspergillus species microorganisms were identified within retained bullet fragments. The role of infected bullet fragments in the pathogenesis of hemoptysis in this patient is discussed.