from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An infection or disease caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus.
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- n. Any of various infections by fungi of the genus Aspergillus that cause granulomatous lesions
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A morbid condition resulting from the presence in the ear, sometimes in the lungs, of certain forms of Aspergillus.
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- n. severe respiratory disease of birds that takes the form of an acute rapidly fatal pneumonia in young chickens and turkeys
- n. an opportunistic infection by a fungus of the genus Aspergillus; characterized by inflammation and lesions of the ear and other organs
- n. disease especially in agricultural workers caused by inhalation of Aspergillus spores causing lumps in skin and ears and respiratory organs
Predominant diagnoses include asthma and drug reactions, but patients are also seen in evaluation for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, eczema and other diagnoses.
The infection he had had all the while was the same aspergillosis that had nearly killed him months before.
He added that Harry was suffering from aspergillosis.
Aspergillosis, Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
A fact sheet issued by the National Wildlife Health Center (see link below) lists four diseases commonly associated with feeders (salmonellosis, trichomoniasis, aspergillosis, and avian pox) and I would add a fifth (mycoplasmal conjunctivitis).
There are some diseases, as, for instance, Texas fever and rabies, which are caused by a minute animal parasite known as protozoa, while others again, like lumpy jaw and aspergillosis, are caused by fungi.
But invasive aspergillosis is fairly rare -- it crops up mostly in patients with weakened immune systems -- and it took Pfizer two and a half years to enroll the study, so we should probably let the company off the hook.
The oral version of Vfend, which is approved to treat invasive aspergillosis, already has generic competition from Mylan (Nasdaq: MYL ) , and Novartis (NYSE: NVS ) has a tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration for an injectable form of the drug.
Top-line results from a phase 3 trial showed that Eraxis plus Vfend was no better than Vfend alone at treating invasive aspergillosis, a life-threatening fungal infection.
Recruitment into the phase III program including three studies that target respectively, invasive yeast infections, invasive mold infections, and rare molds and aspergillosis in renally impaired patients is expected to be completed in 2012.