Aspergillus precipitin test

Immune system information

Most people are either naturally immune to the spores of Aspergillus fumigatus, or have a sufficiently healthy immune system to fight the infection. However, if you have an allergic reaction (see ABPA) to the fungal spores and/or have lung problems or a weakened immune system then you are particularly susceptible.

Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis has never been straightforward for aspergillosis, but modern tools are being developed rapidly and are now improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. 

A patient presenting at the clinic will first be asked to give a history of the symptoms that they have noticed. Depending on this history a number of tests may be requested from  the following list:

  • A blood test

  • X-rays or CT scan of the chest

  • A skin test to measure sensitivity to Aspergillus allergens

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