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Fungal rhinitis caused by Scedosporium apiospermum in a dog

Aeh, P., Shiel, R.E. and Mansfield, C.S. (2009) Fungal rhinitis caused by Scedosporium apiospermum in a dog. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 39 (2). pp. 59-63.

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A young dog was presented with a one month history of pungent breath and unilateral right-sided nasal discharge. Computed tomography detected focal turbinate lysis at the level of the canine tooth and second premolar tooth. Rhinoscopic examination identified a focal white mass in the mid-right nasal cavity. Histopathology of the mass diagnosed mycotic rhinitis. A pure growth of the fungus Scedosporium apiospermum was cultured from nasal tissue biopsies. Treatment consisted of a single bilateral nasal 1% clotrimazole infusion, administered over one hour. Repeat rhinoscopy one month later demonstrated no recurrence of the fungus and there has been no recurrence to 12 months later. This is the first reported case of S.apiospermum isolated from the nasal cavity of a dog in Australia and should be considered as a differential for nasal discharge and a potential cause of fungal rhinitis in dogs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association
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