OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study is to characterize chest CT findings of neutropenic patients with proven/probable invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA).
METHODS:Hematological cancer patients admitted to our institution (2007-2017) were retrospectively enrolled if the diagnostic criteria of proven/probable IPA during the neutropenia were met (EORTC/MSG). Galactomannan (GM) was routinely measured in serum and chest CT-scan was routinely performed in case of recurrent/persistent fever. Bronchoscopy was performed in case of chest CT-scan abnormalities. Chest CT-scan and GM dosage were analyzed at the time of IPA suspicion. Chest lesions were classified using a clinical report form by two expert radiologists.
RESULTS:35 patients were identified. Peribronchial focal lesions were observed in 29 IPA (82.9%) by the first radiologist and in 31 (88.5%) by the second (k = 0.768). 12 weeks mortality was 20%.
CONCLUSION:Peribronchial focal lesions are a common finding in early-IPA whatever the GM value during neutropenia and our findings reinforce the efficiency of a preemptive approach.
ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE;:Peribronchial focal lesions, which are classically described in airway invasive aspergillosis, are a common finding in early-IPA in hematological cancer patients with prolonged neutropenia regardless of the GM value, and such peribronchial lesions should reinforce the possibility of IPA.