Isolation of Chrysosporium guarroi in a Green Iguana (Iguana iguana), in Turkey

Beren Başaran Kahraman, Belgi Diren Siğirci, Kemal Metiner, Seyyal Ak, Lora Koenhemsi, Mehmet Erman Or, Gemma Castellá, Maria Lourdes Abarca

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© 2015. A Chrysosporium sp. organism was isolated from a 2-year-old male green iguana (. Iguana iguana). Internal transcribed spacer and D1/D2 sequencing was employed to further identify the organism as Chrysosporium guarroi. Based on antifungal sensitivity results from the mycotic isolate collected from the patient, ketaconozole therapy was initiated along with topical povidone-iodine. The iguana was reevaluated after a month and new healthy skin was observed at the affected area. The habitat, origin, transmission, treatment, and the primary or secondary role of Chrysosporium spp. are unknown in iguanas, as well as the zoonotic nature of this microbe. This report describes a pet green iguana diagnosed with cutaneous mycosis caused by C. guarroi in Turkey. As there is relatively little published information describing C. guarroi in reptiles, further studies are required to understand the importance of this pathogen in captive and wild animals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-429
JournalJournal of Exotic Pet Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Chrysosporium guarroi
  • Dermatomycosis
  • Iguanas
  • Pet


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