Associazione Italiana Veterinari Piccoli Animali
Affiliata WSAVA


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


Clinica medica