People with weak or compromised immune systems are more likely to have invasive aspergillosis. From its name, you can tell that what it does is invade the body and disrupts the functions of the cells. Conditions such as leukemia , cancer, and AIDS , or chemotherapy can weaken the immune system.
People with a weak immune system are unable to fight off infections. This type of aspergillosis penetrates the lung tissues and can spread to the kidneys or brain. If invasive aspergillosis remains unattended, it can lead to infectious pneumonia. Infectious pneumonia can be fatal in people with weak immune systems.
Invasive aspergillosis mostly occurs in people with an underlying medical condition, so it is always hard to distinguish the symptoms from the underlying condition. The most common symptoms of invasive aspergillosis are:
- A cough (sometimes blood is present)
- Pain the chest
- Difficulties in breathing
When infections in the lungs spread to other parts of the body such as the kidney and brain, it can cause new symptoms.