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Clinical and Imaging Findings in Five Dogs with Intracranial Blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatiditis)
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (2011)
  • Silke Hecht, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • William H Adams, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • J R Smith, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • William B Thomas, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract
Fungal infections affecting the central nervous system are rare. The purpose of this study was to describe clinical and imaging findings in dogs with intracranial blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatiditis). The radiology database was searched retrospectively for patients with a diagnosis of intracranial blastomycosis which had computed tomography performed as part of their diagnostic work-up. Medical records and imaging studies were reviewed. Five dogs met the inclusion criteria. Major presenting complaints were stertor/nasal discharge (n=2), exophthalmos (n=1), and seizures (n=2). Clinical and laboratory findings were variable. Computed tomographic examination revealed a single contrast-enhancing intra-axial mass (n=1), a nasal mass disrupting the cribriform plate (n=3), and an intracranial mass extending into the orbit and nasal cavity (n=1). Findings in intracranial blastomycosis in dogs are variable, and the disease may mimic other inflammatory disorders or neoplasia.
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Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Silke Hecht, William H Adams, J R Smith and William B Thomas. "Clinical and Imaging Findings in Five Dogs with Intracranial Blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatiditis)" Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association Vol. 47 Iss. 4 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/silke_hecht/60/