n Journal of the South African Veterinary Association - Temporary remission of disseminated paecilomycosis in a German shepherd dog treated with ketoconazole - : case report

Volume 72, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-9128
  • E-ISSN: 2224-9435


Disseminated mycosis caused by <i>Paecilomyces varioti&lt;/i&gt; in a female German shepherd dog presented with chronic forelimb lameness is described. Radiographs of the swollen carpal joint revealed geographic lysis of the radial epiphysis. Diagnosis was based on cytological demonstration of fungal hyphae and chlamydiospores, as well as fungal culture of fluid obtained by arthrocentesis. Temporary remission was characterised by markedly improved clinical signs and laboratory parameters, following treatment with ketoconazole. The dog was euthanased 9 months after the initial diagnosis, following the diagnosis of multifocal discospondylitis. This appears to be the longest described period of temporary remission obtained with treatment in dogs with paecilomycosis. Clinical, clinicopathological and necropsy findings of this disease in another German shepherd dog are briefly described.

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