Infezione sistemica da Aspergillus fumigatus in un Bracco Tedesco presentato per zoppia e sintomatologia neurologica
Poser H., Stabile F., Zotti A.
Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Veterinarie, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Padova
A 4-year-old Kurzhaar dog, was submitted for a notresponding betametasone-treated lameness and altered gait. Physical examination revealed neurologic signs due to a peripheral nervous system or a motorend plate disorder. Differential diagnosis considered: traumatic, endocrine, metabolic, infectious, paraneoplastic and degenerative diseases. CBC, biochemical profile, fT4, cTSH, urinalysis with cortisol/creatinine ratio and serology for E. canis and B. burgdorferi were performed. The diagnostic plan was completed with a spinal, elbow, abdominal and thoracic radiographic examination and an electromyography. Thoracic radiography revealed a lobar atelectasy and a diffuse interstitial-nodular pattern. The other tests were unremarkable.
A broncoscopy was performed and Aspergillus fumigatus was cultured following a broncoalveolar lavage. A 6 months long treatment with 5mg/Kg/day oral Itraconazole was started. The dog recovered completely without any relapse three months after the end of the treatment.
Aspergillus fumigatus, systemic aspergillosis, neurologic signs, thoracic radiology, dog