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Identification of Blastomyces dermatitidis in the stool of a dog with acute pulmonary blastomycosis.

Authors
  • Baumgardner, D J
  • Paretsky, D P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical and veterinary mycology : bi-monthly publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1997
Volume
35
Issue
6
Pages
419–421
Identifiers
PMID: 9467109
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report the identification of Blastomyces dermatitidis by microscopic examination of a direct faecal smear from a dog with pulmonary blastomycosis. A simultaneously obtained faecal culture grew Blastomyces dermatitidis. The fungus was also cultured from a transtracheal sample from this same dog. This report suggests that yeast-phase cells of B. dermatitidis may be recovered in the stool of dogs with pulmonary blastomycosis following transit through the gastrointestinal tract of swallowed infected sputum. Implications regarding the ecology of Blastomyces dermatitidis are discussed.

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