Cryptococcal Sialoadenitis in a Dog


  • Olivia Maria Moreira Borges Ph.D student (PPGMV), Hospital Veterinário (HV), Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Patos, PB, Brazil.
  • Valbério Brito Alves DMV, AnimalMed, São José do Egito, PE, Brazil.
  • Rosileide dos Santos Carneiro DMV, Clínica Veterinária de Pequenos Animais (CMPA), HV, UFCG, Patos, PB.
  • Sabrina Barros Araujo Dantas Ph.D student (PPGMV), Hospital Veterinário (HV), Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Patos, PB, Brazil.
  • Rodrigo Antônio Torres Matos Ph.D student (PPGMV), Hospital Veterinário (HV), Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Patos, PB, Brazil.
  • Antônio Fernando de Melo Vaz Unidade Acadêmica de medicina Veterinária, UFCG, Patos, PB.
  • Armando Marsden Lacerda Filho Department of Microbiology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE.
  • Almir Pereira de Souza Unidade Acadêmica de medicina Veterinária, UFCG, Patos, PB.



Background: Salivary gland diseases in dogs have an overall incidence of 0.3%. Sialocele and sialoadenitis are the most common injuries and are usually caused by infectious diseases, especially of bacterial origin. Currently, Cryptococcus neoformans has not been registered as the etiological agent since fungal participation is unusual. This case report describes a cryptococcal sialoadenitis in a dog.
Case: A 1.9-year-old male poodle had a swelling of the right submandibular region, combined with dry cough and snoring that persisted for about 30 days. The dog often walked in the town square, which has pigeons, and was seen eating chicken droppings. The dog was diagnosed with sialoadenitis in the right submandibular salivary gland. The following laboratory tests were performed cytology, fungal culture, blood count, search for hemoparasites, total plasma protein (ppt), alanine aminotransferase dosage (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), urea (U), creatinine (CREA), Albumin (ALB), total protein (TP), globulin (GLOB) and amylase (AML). In addition, the dog underwent cervical, thoracic and abdominal ultrasound, and cervical x-rays. The cytology results showed fungal sialoadenitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans. The blood test
results evidenced thrombocytopenia and increased ppt, TP, GLOB, and AML. The lungs and heart x-rays results showed no alterations. However, the proximal third of the trachea was displaced ventrally. The abdominal area had no changes, but hypertrophy of the salivary gland was observed, with irregular contour, heterogeneous echotexture, and multiple cavitary
areas flled with intraluminal fluid of cellular appearance. The ketoconazole (5 mg/kg/BID/20 days) treatment prescribed led to drug-induced hepatitis. The new treatment with Itraconazole (10 mg/kg/SID/90 days) resulted in complete clinical resolution without any side effect or relapse one year after the treatment.
Discussion: Although poodle is not commonly associated with the epidemiology of the disease, this breed seems to be susceptible, as well. The contact with pigeons during the walks was likely the source of infection by C. neoformans, but the ingestion of chicken droppings cannot be discarded. The coughing and snoring resulted from the pharyngeal and tracheal compression, with subsequent activation of the reflex. The clinical and laboratory fndings suggest a new infection route by the etiological agent, possibly the opening of the salivary duct located in the sublingual carbuncle. Biopsy or ablation of the affected salivary gland was not necessary, reducing the risk of sepsis and/or death. Hyperamylasemia indicates that AML can be used as a complementary tool to diagnose sialoadenitis. Itraconazole administered for 90 days resulted in
complete healing while no side effects or relapse was observed one year after the treatment. Cryptococcus neoformans can affect the submandibular salivary gland and, therefore, cryptococcosis should enter the differential diagnosis list of canine sialoadenitis and sialocele. Itraconazole has been shown to be effective to treat a dog with sialoadenitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans.
Keywords: sialoadenitis, sialocele, cryptococcosis, salivary gland, dog.


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Borges, O. M. M., Alves, V. B., Carneiro, R. dos S., Dantas, S. B. A., Matos, R. A. T., Vaz, A. F. de M., Lacerda Filho, A. M., & de Souza, A. P. (2016). Cryptococcal Sialoadenitis in a Dog. Acta Scientiae Veterinariae, 44(1), 7.



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