Chrysosporium Anamorph Nannizziopsis vriesii. An Emerging Fungal Pathogen of Captive and Wild Reptiles

Mark A. Mitchell, Michael R. Walden

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Abstract

Chrysosporium anamorph Nannizziopsis vriesii is a recent pathogen associated with infections in lizards, snakes, and crocodilians. It seems to be an obligate pathogen. It has been isolated from wild reptiles in addition to captive animals. Affected animals often present with aggressive, pyogranulomatous lesions that can affect the integument and musculoskeletal systems. Diagnosis can be done using culture, histopathology, and polymerase chain reaction assay. Ancillary diagnostic tests can be useful in characterizing the health status of the affected reptile and aid in planning supportive care and therapy. Treatment using antifungals has shown mixed results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-668
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Chrysosporium anamorph nannizziopsis vriesii
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Fungus
  • Pathogen
  • Reptile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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