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Exophiala phaeomuriformis associated with abortion and placentitis in a mare
  1. Simon de Neck1,
  2. Ben Jurgens1,
  3. Liana Peters2 and
  4. Nynke Ankringa1
  1. 1Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  2. 2Equine Clinic Venlo, Venlo, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Ben Jurgens; b.jurgens{at}


This article describes a case of abortion and placentitis in a mare. Macroscopic and microscopic lesions in the aborted fetus were consistent with a pyogranulomatous inflammation with intralesional fungal structures. These were observed in the lungs, skin, stomach, umbilical cord, peritoneum, fetal membranes and brain. Molecular techniques detected the fungus Exophiala phaeomuriformis from those lesions. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first reported case of abortion in horse due to E. phaeomuriformis.

  • equine abortion
  • Exophialaphaeomuriformis
  • phaeohyphomycosis
  • mycotic abortion
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  • Contributors LP has been involved in patient care. SdN, BJ and NA have been involved in the necropsy of the patient. All authors contributed to writing of the paper, critical review and approval of the latest version for publication.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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