Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2007
Severe granulomatous lesions in several organs from Eustrongylides larvae in a free-ranging dice snake, Natrix tessellataMihalca, A. D.; Fictum, P.; Skoric, M.; Sloboda, M.; Kärvemo, S.; Ghira, I.; Carlsson, M.; Modry, D.
AbstractDuring an extensive study regarding the epidemiology of larval Eustrongylides infestation in a free-ranging endangered population of dice snakes (Natrix tessellata) from Histria, Romania, an adult female was euthanized to evaluate pathologic changes. Parasites appeared as nodules at various locations: in subcutaneous connective tissues, on the serosae of the intestines and liver. Histologic sections revealed nematode larvae surrounded by a capsule, forming a parasitic granuloma with 3 layers: macrophage layer, lymphocyte layer, and fibrous capsule. Differences between newly formed and mature granulomas consisted mainly in the eosinophilic infiltration. Other types of parasitic granulomas of reptiles are discussed in comparison with our findings.
KeywordsDioctophymatoidea; granuloma; Natrix tessellata
Published inVeterinary Pathology
2007, volume: 44, number: 1, pages: 103-105
Mihalca, Andrei D.
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
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