Mixed infection caused by Lecythophora canina sp. nov. and Plectosphaerella cucumerina in a German shepherd dog

Gregory C. Troy, David L. Panciera, J. Phillip Pickett, Deanna A. Sutton, Josepa Gene, José F. Cano, Josep Guarro, Elizabeth H. Thompson, Brian L. Wickes

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We describe an opportunistic, disseminated infection in a German shepherd dog associated with two fungal organisms not previously reported to cause disease. Lecythophora canina, a new species here described, was isolated from an osteolytic bone lesion. A fine needle aspirate of the lesion demonstrated septate hyphae. Plectospharella cucumerina (anamorph Plectosporium tabacinum) was isolated from a urine sample. Clinical manifestations were blindness, altered mentation, and osteomyelitis. Treatment with itraconazole and terbinafine for greater than one year resulted in stable clinical disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-460
Number of pages6
JournalMedical mycology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013



  • Dog
  • Lecythophora canina
  • Lecythophora species
  • Opportunistic fungal infection
  • Osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases

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