Global Conference on Pulmonology and Respiratory Medicine | September 29, 30 - October 01, 2022 | Online

Elaine Dumoulin

University of Calgary, Canada


This is a presentation on local expertise in endoscopic removal of intracavitary pulmonary aspergillomas. Targeting patients that are not surgical candidates but symptomatic from the chronic infection, we accumulated over the years, the experience of 15 procedures. The technique has improved over time and the outcome for patients is outstanding. This presentation would focus on the case report of a patient with a growing cavitary nodule in the context of metastatic breast cancer. The biopsy of the nodule confirmed the diagnosis of aspergilloma. Removing the aspergilloma and clearing the cavity by endoscopy allowed the patient to undergo immunosuppressive therapy for her breast cancer. Five years later, she is still aspergilloma free and tolerating her breast cancer treatment very well. 

Audience Take Away:

  • It is mandatory to undertand the importance of treating patient with aspergilloma to improve their symptoms and quality of life. 
  • Intracavitary aspergillomas can be fatal if left untreated.
  • This approach offers a new therapeutic option for patients that are not surgical candidate.


Dr Elaine Dumoulin graduated from medical school in Montreal in 2005 and completed her respirology FRCPC in 2010. She finished an interventional pulmonology fellowship training in Calgary in 2011. She has been working as an interventional pulmonologist in Calgary, Canada since 2014. She is passionate about life and adventures. She is a marathon runner, sailor and avid hiker.