Cultural and histopathologic confirmation of canine blastomycosis diagnosed by an agar-gel immunodiffusion test.Am J Vet Res. 1980 Aug; 41(8):1263-5.AJ
Sixteen sera from 17 dogs with blastomycosis produced a precipitin band identical with the diagnostically significant precipitin A band formed by a Blastomyces dermatitidis reference antiserum and a soluble B dermatitidis yeast-form antigen in the agar-gel immunodiffusion test (94% sensitivity). The other serum from a dog with histopathologic demonstration of B dermatitidis in pulmonic tissues produced an unrelated precipitin band. Sixteen of the 17 diagnoses made by the detection of precipitin A were confirmed by isolation and culture of B dermatitidis or by histopathologic demonstration of the pathogen. Three cases were confirmed by cultural isolation only, 10 by histopathologic demonstration only, and 3 by both. In three other dogs given amphotericin B, there were demonstrable changes in serum precipitin A reactions.