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International Journal of Morphology

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CIUODERIS-APONTE, K. A  and  OCHOA-AMAYA, J. E. Piogranulomatous Zygomycotic Meningoencephalitisb in a Prehensile Tailed Porcupine (Coendou Prehensilis). Int. J. Morphol. [online]. 2009, vol.27, n.4, pp.1187-1194. ISSN 0717-9502.

With the word Zygomycosis (ZM) are designating a group of diseases caused by fungi of the class Zygomicetes, the orders Mucorales and Entomophthorales, of several genera and species. The presentation of ZM in animals occurs sporadically in many species both in domestic and wild animals (including marine mammals), and are checked few cases of isolation and identification of the causative agent. Few fungi are considered to be neurotropic because they tend to be located in the CNS after invading the host; however, most cases of meningitis or meningoencephalomyelitis are part of systemic fungal infection such as Candidiasis, Cryptococcosis, Aspergillosis or ZM. This paper documents the discovery of a zigomicotic meningoencephalomyelitis secondary to a head trauma in a prehensile-tailed porcupine (Coendou prehensilis), being a rare disease infrequent in the central nervous system both in human and animals and additionally without previous reports in this specie.

Keywords : Central Nervous System; Fungal Infections; Zygomycosis; Porcupine.

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