Clinical aspects of the genus aspergillus


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© 2008 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Aspergillosis refers to infection with any of the approximately 185 recognized species of the genus Aspergillus, of which only 20 are known to cause human disease. Most human disease is primarily caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus terreus, and Aspergillus nidulans [1]. Aspergillus fumigatus causes approximately 90% of cases of invasive aspergillosis [2], and most pulmonary disease is caused by A. fumigatus, while most isolated sinus disease is caused by A. niger and A. flavus [3]. A review of Aspergillus cultures found that amphotericin B-resistant A. terreus was seen in only 3% of isolates in cases of invasive aspergillosis and found exclusively in cases of invasive disease, and not in patients with colonization [3].

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Steinbach, WJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Book Title

  • The Aspergilli: Genomics, Medical Aspects, Biotechnology, and Research Methods

Start / End Page

  • 359 - 375

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780849390807

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1201/9781420008517

Citation Source

  • Scopus