Coccidioidomycosis in dogs and cats: a review.

TitleCoccidioidomycosis in dogs and cats: a review.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGraupmann-Kuzma A, Valentine BA, Shubitz LF, Dial SM, Watrous BJ, Tornquist SJ
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Volume44
Issue5
Pagination226-35
Date Published2008 Sep-Oct
ISSN1547-3317
KeywordsAnimals, Cat Diseases, Cats, Chronic Disease, Coccidioides, Coccidioidomycosis, Diagnosis, Differential, Dog Diseases, Dogs, Radiography, Thoracic
Abstract

The dimorphic fungi Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii are the causative agents of coccidioidomycosis. Dogs and cats residing in and visiting endemic areas are at risk of exposure to infectious arthrospores. The primary infection is pulmonary and frequently results in chronic cough. Disseminated disease is common and causes cutaneous, osseous, cardiac, ocular, nervous system, or other organ disease. Radiographic changes include a variable degree of interstitial pulmonary infiltration, hilar lymphadenopathy, and osseous lesions. Serological titers support the diagnosis, but definitive diagnosis relies on identification of Coccidioides in cytological or tissue samples. Coccidioidomycosis should be considered in any dog or cat that has been potentially exposed during the previous 3 years and is presented with chronic illness, respiratory signs, lameness, lymphadenopathy, nonhealing cutaneous lesions, or neurological, ocular, or cardiac abnormalities.

DOI10.1111/j.1365-3164.2011.00980.x
Alternate JournalJ Am Anim Hosp Assoc