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Diagnosed with asthma, bronchitis, chronic pneumonia. Taking medicines. Pneumonia persists. Treatment?

I have been diagnosed with asthma, recently with bronchiectasis , and I also have chronic pneumonia . I still currently get sick very frequently and my doctor and I can not find the solution to my treatment. In the past year I have had two CT scans, a bronchoscopy (which showed I was growing strep-pneumonia) and last week an open lung biopsy (which I was told only showed inflammation on the pathology results, and currently still growing cultures). I usually take either bactrim or levaquinn with prednisone for a period of time to treat my pneumonia but as soon as I get back off of it I get e pneumonia right back. Can you please suggest any further treatments or any further disease possibilities or autoimmune diseases. My dr thought it may be autoimmune but nothing showed up on the biopsy.
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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You seem to have been diagnosed as a case of asthma with bronchiectasis with on and off pneumonia episodes. A diagnosis of ABPA (Allergic Broncho Pulmonary Aspergillosis) can be considered in such a scenario. Do get your total serum IgE levels, Serum IgG and IgE specific for aspergillus, sputum fungus examination. If it is detected then oral steroid therapy will have to be started to which your condition should respond. Regrading the autoimmune profile, if your physician is suspecting then collagen vascular diseases are a possibility for which you may undergo a extranuclear antigen profile. For episodes of pneumonia antibiotics will have to be taken as per culture sensitive reports of the organisms isolated from the sputum/ bronchoscopy samples. Also you may consider yearly flu shots and 5 yearly pneumococcal vaccination for prevention of repeated infections.


Dr. Gyanshankar Mishra
Consultant Pulmonologist
Answered: Tue, 25 Dec 2012
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