Nasilele Simukulva: Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis
Nasilele describes her experience of living with CPA after a prior diagnosis of Tuberculosis and then having a severe cough that did not respond to antibiotics. A CT scan identified a fungal ball and she was treated with antifungal medication for 18 months. Nasilele was referred to the National Aspergillosis Centre, UK where a change in antifungal drug was recommended along with surgery to remove the part of the lung that contained the fungal ball. The surgery has cured the fungal infection with a dramatic improvement in symptoms.