Paracoccidioides spp

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Paracoccidioides spp are a dimorphic species of yeast

In humans, Paracoccidioides causes a severe systemic mycosis, endemic in Latin America.

Infections in dogs are thought to be naturally acquired via inhalation.

Species which are pathogenic in dogs include:

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Clinical signs are usually non-specific, although weight loss, hepatomegaly and lymphadenopathy are consistent findings[1].

Diagnosis is based on clinical findings, culturing, immunohistochemistry, and histopathology of popliteal lymph nodes.

Itraconazole is the drug of choice, with extended treatments for up to 2 years.

References

  1. de Farias MR et al (2011) Paracoccidioidomycosis in a dog: case report of generalized lymphadenomegaly. Mycopathologia 172(2):147-152