Systemic candidiasis in a dog, developing spondylitis

J Vet Med Sci. 2006 Oct;68(10):1117-9. doi: 10.1292/jvms.68.1117.


A 4-year-old male Shiba dog initially presented with pain of an undetermined origin and hypersensitivity to touch. Seven days later, the dog developed ataxia, hind-leg weakness and knuckling. The dog died on 20 days after presentation. Postmortem examination revealed a mass in the body of thoracic vertebra. Histopathologically, the mass consisted of granulomatous inflammation, including fungal organisms that were immunohistochemically positive for Candida albicans. Similar granulomatous lesions were observed in the systemic lymph nodes, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, prostate gland, thyroid glands and heart. This case was diagnosed as systemic candidiasis with spondylitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Candida albicans / growth & development*
  • Candidiasis / microbiology
  • Candidiasis / pathology
  • Candidiasis / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / microbiology*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dogs
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Male
  • Spondylitis / microbiology
  • Spondylitis / pathology
  • Spondylitis / veterinary*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / microbiology
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / pathology