October 1, 2012

ABPA

So, not all of the blood tests have come back yet, but they have started to treat Azer for ABPA, Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis.  They are treating him for it based on what the CT scan looked like. Lots of people, even people without CF, have Aspergillus in their airways, and CF people may even test positive for it in cultures, but it is the allergic, asthmatic symptoms that can cause problems.

So, they are treating him with an antifungal medication through his Picc line, and they are continuing the antibiotic through his Picc line as well. The side effects from the antifungal medication are a bit scary, but they run it very slow. It's this small bag of medicine that slowly drips for like an hour. He is also on a very high dose of steroids for a month. Also scary.

Thursday, they are going to test to see how high the level of the antifungal medication is in his blood. Then, they can determine if we can continue IV treatment at home.