A clinical case of equine fungal placentitis with reference to hormone profiles and ultrasonography


Harutaka MURASE, Hidekazu NIWA, Yoshinari KATAYAMA, Fumio SATO, Tetsuro HADA, and Yasuo NAMBO
J Equine Sci. 2015; 26(4): 129–133.


Fungal placentitis is an infectious disease inducing abortion in pregnant mares. In the present report, we describe a field case of abortion caused by fungal placentitis with consecutive examinations. The progesterone level and combined thickness of the uterus and placenta (CTUP) were abnormal before the onset of clinical signs. Additionally, the estradiol level started to change before the appearance of clinical signs. Abnormal serum amyloid A values and an abnormal fetal heart rate were observed after the onset of clinical signs. The present report demonstrates that the progesterone level and CTUP may be adequate as early diagnostic markers of fungal placentitis and bacterial infection. Endocrinological evaluation based on cutoff values or serial measurements were also useful for early diagnosis.