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1 June 2014 MULTIORGAN FUNGAL INFECTION CAUSED BY MICROSPORUM CANIS IN A GREEN IGUANA (IGUANA IGUANA)
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Multiple organ invasion by keratinophilic fungi in the green iguana (Iguana iguana) has not been previously reported. In this case, a 1-yr-old female green iguana presented with a nodular, darkly discolored skin lesion surrounded by necrosis in the right ventral abdominal region. A cytologic examination of the fine needle aspiration of the lesion revealed an exuberant proliferation of fibroblasts, macrophages, and multinucleated cells along with frequent filamentous structures consistent with hyphal elements. The necropsy revealed diffuse infiltration of the liver, lung, and cardiac apex with white nodules. A histopathologic examination of the lesions also confirmed a fungal infection associated with granulomatous inflammation. Rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of the chitin synthase 1 gene was conducted for rapid direct detection, and inter-simple sequence repeat fingerprinting was conducted to classify the infectious origin. The PCR analysis definitively demonstrated representative Microsporum canis fungus. The present report is the first case of disseminated M. canis infection with multiorgan involvement in a green iguana.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Tae-Ho Chung, Eun-Ju Kim, and Ul Soo Choi "MULTIORGAN FUNGAL INFECTION CAUSED BY MICROSPORUM CANIS IN A GREEN IGUANA (IGUANA IGUANA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(2), 393-396, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0076R2.1
Received: 6 May 2013; Published: 1 June 2014
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