Successful treatment of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis with posaconazole in a child with cystic fibrosis: Case report and review of the literature

Yakut N. , Kadayifci E. , Eralp E. , GÖKDEMİR Y.

LUNG INDIA, vol.37, no.2, pp.161-163, 2020 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/lungindia.lungindia_288_19
  • Title of Journal : LUNG INDIA
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-163
  • Keywords: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, antifungal therapy, posaconazole, ITRACONAZOLE


Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is recognized as a rare, progressive, allergic disorder in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. Treatment of ABPA mainly includes systemic corticosteroids (CSs) and antifungal agents. Here, we report posaconazole treatment in a 9-year-old male child with ABPA and also review the literature on antifungal management of ABPA. The child with CF was admitted to the emergency room with complaints of fever, productive cough, and acute dyspnea. Auscultation of the lungs revealed obvious bilateral fine crackles and bilateral rhonchus. He was started with intravenous meropenem and amikacin for acute exacerbation. The patient was diagnosed with ABPA because of his failure to respond to antibiotherapy, elevated serum immunoglobulin (Ig) E, specific IgE, to Aspergillus fumigatus levels and sputum growth of A. fumigatus. He was successfully treated with posaconazole with marked clinical and laboratory improvement and no adverse effects. CSs and antifungal agents are the mainstay of therapy in patients with ABPA based on observational studies in children. Posaconazole is a useful treatment option for patients with ABPA.