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Verminous pneumonia and enteritis due to hyperinfection with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus in a kitten

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-360
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Comparative Pathology
Issue number4
Early online date11 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Severe infestation with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus was identified in the lungs and small intestine of a 2-month-old kitten which died due to verminous pneumonia and enteritis. On clinical examination, the kitten had dyspnoea, pneumonia, pleural effusion, ascites and diarrhoea. An interstitial pattern was evident radiographically in the lungs. The kitten died before treatment could be instituted. On gross and histopathological examination, there was severe interstitial pneumonia and large numbers of A. abstrusus eggs and larvae were present in alveoli, together with fewer adult nematodes in small bronchioles. The mucosa of the small intestine was invaded by large numbers of A. abstrusus larvae. The findings were consistent with a hyperinfection syndrome due to A. abstrusus.

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