Peliosis hepatis in a dog infected with Bartonella henselae

Department of Clinical Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana 61801, USA.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Impact Factor: 1.56). 03/2000; 216(4):519-23, 517. DOI: 10.2460/javma.2000.216.519
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A 6-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever was examined because of generalized weakness and abdominal distention. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed a large quantity of peritoneal fluid. In addition, the liver appeared larger than normal and contained multiple, small, nodular masses and cyst-like structures. Abdominal exploratory surgery was performed, and 5 L of serosanguineous peritoneal fluid was removed. Gross lesions were not found in the stomach, kidneys, intestines, adrenal glands, or urinary bladder. There were diffuse cystic nodules in all liver lobes. The dog did not recover from anesthesia. A diagnosis of peliosis hepatis was made on the basis of gross and histologic appearance of the liver. A polymerase chain reaction assay revealed Bartonella henselae DNA in liver specimens. To our knowledge, this is the first report of molecular evidence of B henselae infection in a dog with peliosis hepatis.

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    • "Frontal Stealth Incubation Short (hours to days) Long (months to years) Symptoms Acute Chronic Immunity Sterilizing Non-sterilizing Transmission Direct Indirect Replication Rapid Slow Carrier state Uncommon Common Adapted from Merrell and Falkow (2004). Koch's Postulates and Comparative Bartonellosis been associated with peliosis hepatis (PH; a vasoproliferative lesion in the liver characterized by the presence of irregular blood-filled spaces within the parenchyma) in a human patient or a dog (Koehler et al., 1997; Kitchell et al., 2000 "
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    • "These intraerythrocytic, endotheliotropic bacteria have been implicated in association with an increasing spectrum of disease manifestations in both dogs (Breitschwerdt et al. 1995, 1999, Pappalardo et al. 2000b, Kitchell et al. 2000, Yager et al. 2010) and human patients (Roux et al. 2000, Breitschwerdt et al. 2009a, 2009b, 2010a, 2010b, Breitschwerdt and Maggi 2009). Pathophysiological abnormalities associated with Bartonella infection in dogs or humans include lymphadenopathy, granulomatous inflammatory diseases, arthropathy, endocarditis, neurological signs, including seizures , sensory or motor neuropathy, and neurocognitive abnormalities, and vasoproliferative lesions in immunocompromised patients, including bacillary angiomatosis and peliosis hepatis (Breitschwerdt et al. 1995, 2009a, 2009b, Breitschwerdt and Maggi 2009, Chomel et al. 2009b, Kitchell et al. 2000, Yager et al. 2010). "
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