Lymphocutaneous and nasal sporotrichosis in a dog from Southern Italy: Case Report

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Abstract

Sporotrichosis is a chronic, granulomatous and usually lymphocutaneous infection of humans and animals caused by the dimorphic fungus, Sporothrix schenckii. This study reports a case of lymphocutaneous and nasal sporotrichosis in a hunting dog with a three month history of non-healing skin lesions. Cytological examination of nasal discharge and of the material collected from ulcerated skin surfaces showed a few cigar-shaped organisms within macrophages. Fungal cultures of nasal and ulcerated skin swabs yielded colonies of S. schenckii. The dog received oral itraconazole but died of unrelated causes. Necropsic examination was not performed.

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