Feline mycobacterial infections

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Abstract

Mycobacteria of feline importance include (1) obligate pathogens (tuberculosis), (2) mycobacteria that are difficult to grow, so the environmental niche is unknown (feline leprosy syndrome), and (3) facultative pathogenic opportunistic saprophytes (non-tuberculous mycobacteriosis). Most cats present with cutaneous disease, although some have systemic involvement. Diagnosis is challenging because there are no pathognomonic histopathological changes and many mycobacteria fail to culture, so molecular diagnostics are required. Treatment can involve extended multidrug therapy and prognosis is variable. This article reviews the microbiology, clinical diagnosis, management and prognosis of feline mycobacterial infections. Crown
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-238
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume201
Issue number2
Early online date25 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • mycobacterial

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