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