7th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference
Aquatic oomycetes (water molds), Pythium insidiosum and Lagenidium sp. have been associated with clinically significant disease in small animals. In the last 20 years, their distribution has expanded from tropical and subtropical regions of the U.S. to now include more temperate environments. Diagnosis can be challenging as both diseases look clinically similar and appear very similar when histopathology is performed. Currently, there is no consensus on treatment with complete surgical resection of affected tissues and long-term adjunctive antifungal therapy being recommended initially. Due to rapid clinical progression and a variable and unpredictable response to therapy, there has been a need to explore the use of other compounds as alternative treatment options. In this lecture, you will be provided with a general overview of Pythium insidisosum and Lagendium sp., along with expanding on both historic and potential new treatments.