NEW DELHI: Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have confirmed the presence of Aspergillus lentulus, a drug-resistant bacterium, in two patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were recently admitted to the hospital. During treatment, both of them died.
Aspergillus lentulus is a kind of Aspergillus fungus that has been linked to pulmonary illness. In 2005, it was first documented in medical literature.
Human infections have been confirmed in various countries since then. According to physicians, this is the first time this species of Aspergillus has been recorded to have infected individuals in India.
One of the patients was in his late 50s, while the other was in his early 40s, according to a case report published in the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology (IJMM).
Both of them had COPD. When the illness did not respond to treatment, including antibiotics and antifungals, as well as supplementary oxygen therapy, the first guy was referred from a private hospital.
“As far as we are aware, this is the first report from India on a case of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in a COPD patient caused by Aspergillus lentulus,” Jaweed Ahmed, Gagandeep Singh, Immaculata Xess, and Mragnayani Pandy wrote in the IJMM.
In 2005, medical literature first mentioned Aspergillus lentulus as a form of Aspergillus that causes lung infections. Human infections have been detected in a number of countries. Doctors at AIIMS, on the other hand, stated this is the first time this form of Aspergillus has been found infecting a human in India.
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