Journal article

Use of a molecular approach for the definitive diagnosis of proliferative larval mesocestoidiasis in a cat

Abdul Jabbar, Roberto Papini, Nadia Ferrini, Robin B Gasser

INFECTION GENETICS AND EVOLUTION | ELSEVIER | Published : 2012

Abstract

A 9 year-old male, neutered cat with a history of a sudden onset of lethargy, anorexia and respiratory distress was presented in a veterinary practice in Lucca, Italy. A clinical examination revealed that the cat was severely dehydrated, and had pale mucous membranes and tachypnoea. No pain or discomfort was detected at the time of physical examination. The cat was administered fluids, antibiotics and supportive therapy, but died overnight. The owner of the cat requested for a post mortem examination to be conducted. At necropsy, acephalic structures, consistent with proliferative tapeworm (cestode) larvae, were detected in the thoracic cavity on pleural surfaces. As these larvae could not b..

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