Coccidioidomycosis presenting as a heart base mass in two dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • Two atypical cases of canine coccidioidomycosis presenting as heart base masses are described. An echocardiogram performed in one of the two dogs revealed a large mass at the base of the heart and a computed tomography scan showed that the mass compressed the bronchi, left atrium, aorta and pulmonary arteries. A firm, white or pale yellow mass was found at the base of the heart at necropsy examination in both cases. Microscopical examination of the masses revealed severe, chronic, locally extensive granulomatous or pyogranulomatous inflammation with intralesional spherules consistent with Coccidioides spp. The diagnosis was further confirmed by immunohistochemistry and in-situ hybridization. Coccidioides spp. have been reported to cause pericarditis in dogs, but this is the first description of coccidioidomycosis mimicking a heart-based tumour in dogs.

published proceedings

  • J Comp Pathol

author list (cited authors)

  • Ajithdoss, D. K., Trainor, K. E., Snyder, K. D., Bridges, C. H., Langohr, I. M., Kiupel, M., & Porter, B. F.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Ajithdoss, DK||Trainor, KE||Snyder, KD||Bridges, CH||Langohr, IM||Kiupel, M||Porter, BF

publication date

  • August 2011