A 54-year-old Chinese man with episodic bronchial asthma since 25 years of age was treated for pulmonary tuberculosis in 1976 because of left upper lobe lesions on chest radiograph. In 1981 he presented with an extradural mass compressing the thoracic spinal cord, thought to be tuberculosis but which on biopsy was found to be aspergillosis. Sputum culture, type on skin-prick reactivity and serum precipitating antibodies were positive for Aspergillus. Amphotericin B intravenously, then ketoconazole orally did not substantially improve his clinical course. He died about four months post-laminectomy.
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