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Clinical spirocercosis in a dog in the UK

McKenna, M; Bristow, P C; Suárez-Bonnet, A; Fox, M T; Glanemann, B


M McKenna

P C Bristow

A Suárez-Bonnet

M T Fox

B Glanemann


A 2-year-old female neutered crossbreed dog was presented for evaluation of a 3-day history of haematemesis, melaena and hyporexia. The dog had been imported from a rescue centre in Hungary 4 months prior to presentation. Abdominal CT revealed the presence of a 3 cm×3 cm×4 cm diameter heterogenous intraluminal mass lesion in the gastric cardia, surrounding the ostium of the cardia and continuous with the distal oesophagus. The mass lesion was subsequently surgically resected. Histopathology of the gastric mass lesion was consistent with a Spirocerca lupi granuloma. The patient unfortunately developed a pyothorax and suffered cardiopulmonary arrest resulting in death 2 days postoperatively. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first reported case of clinical spirocercosis reported in a dog in the UK.


McKenna, M., Bristow, P. C., Suárez-Bonnet, A., Fox, M. T., & Glanemann, B. (2019). Clinical spirocercosis in a dog in the UK.

Journal Article Type Other
Acceptance Date Aug 25, 2019
Publication Date Sep 3, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 5, 2019
Journal Veterinary Record Case Reports
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
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