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Pericardial Abcesses Associated with Mycoplasma arginini : A Rare Case From a Cat

Özlem Şahan Yapicier, Aybars Akar, Yusuf Sinan Sirin

Abstract: A two and half-year-old, mix breed, male cat was admitted to Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Teaching Hospital with respiratory disstress and coughing lasting for a month. The initial examinations of ultrasound and radiography, a pericardial abcess was detected near the right side of heart and was drained with pericardiosynthesis. Bacteriological methods based on colony morphology, sugar fermentation tests and molecular confirmation using 16S rRNA-23S rRNA specific primers were performed to identify of M. arginini from pericardial abcess. Patient was treated with azythromycin and enrofloxacin. Full recovery was observed during follow-up examination after a month. The findings of this case increase our understanding for pathogen M. arginini in cats and zoonotic importance has been emphasized for pet owners.
Keywords: arginini / cats / pericardial abcess / 23S rRNA / case / Mehmet Akif / Veterinary Medicine

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