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Fungal mylocitis (spelling?)

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Jennifer Hall
Neonate
Username: Jenniferfl

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, October 09, 2006 - 07:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just had a 4 yr old maiden abort yesterday morning at post 6 months. The placenta had some small whitish circles on it and the placenta in those areas was very thin. The vet said it looked fungal in nature. I think Fungal mylocitis (not sure of the spelling) was the term tossed out there. Can someone please tell me what causes this? This mare is in a closed herd of 4. She doesn't go off property and was vaccinated for Rhino, etc, etc. I'm really at a loss. She showed nothing and the pregnancy seemed to be progressing normally. THe fetus was the correct size, etc, etc for it's stage in development and no physical abnormalities were seen. Thank-you.
 

Jennifer Hall
Neonate
Username: Jenniferfl

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Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, October 09, 2006 - 08:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually the term is fungal mycosis. sorry about that.
 

Jan Owen
Breeding Stock
Username: 1frosty1

Post Number: 168
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jennifer,
I don't know anything about the cause but my heart goes out to you for the result. Very sad, I am sorry for you loss. Hope they figure out and treat your mare properly.

Jan
 

Jos
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Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Fungal mycosis" is actually a redundant statement as the definition of "mycosis" is "a disease caused by a fungus"! :-)

The most likely cause of your problem is that the mare has a degree of cervical incompetency, and the fungus (varieties of which are present in the environment, so having a closed herd or a "clean" farm doesn't protect you) gained access to the vagina and ultimately the uterus via the incompetent cervix. Another possible cause would be that the mare already had the fungus present in the uterus or vagina at the time of breeding. fungal infections are also commonly a sequela of antibiotic use in the mare - especially if used intra-uterine.

To confirm your veterinarians diagnosis you should have some of the fetal and placental tissues sent to a suitable pathology lab for a necropsy. If the diagnosis is confirmed, treatment to clear the fungal infection will be required prior to rebreeding, and it is possible that a Caslick's procedure would be beneficial in preventing a repeat occurrence in a subsequent pregnancy.



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