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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

Pearsonema (syn Capillaria) plica associated cystitis in a Fennoscandian arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus: a case report

Fernandez-Aguilar, Xavier; Mattsson, Roland; Meijer, Tomas; Osterman-Lind, Eva; Gavier-Widen, Dolores


The bladderworm Pearsonema (syn Capillaria) plica affects domestic dogs and wild carnivores worldwide. A high prevalence in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) has been reported in many European countries. P. plica inhabits the lower urinary tract and is considered to be of low pathogenic significance in dogs mostly causing asymptomatic infections. However, a higher level of pathogenicity has been reported in foxes. A severe cystitis associated with numerous bladderworms was found in a captive arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) originating from the endangered Fennoscandian arctic fox population. To our knowledge this is the first description of P. plica infection in an arctic fox.

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Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
2010, volume: 52, number: 52:39, article number: 39

Authors' information

Fernández-Aguilar, Xavier
National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
Mattsson, Roland
National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
Meijer, Tomas
Stockholm University
National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
Gavier-Widen, Dolores (Gavier Widén, Dolores)
National Veterinary Institute (SVA)
Gavier-Widen, Dolores (Gavier Widén, Dolores)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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