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Subcutaneous Dirofilaria repens infestation in non-descript canines
- Leishangthem, Geeta Devi, Choudhury, Aparajita, Singh, Nittin Dev, Bhosale, Sachin
- Journal of parasitic diseases 2016 v.40 no.2 pp. 558-561
- Dirofilaria repens, cats, definitive hosts, dirofilariasis, dogs, foxes, legs, muscles, parasites, testes, India
- Dirofilaria repens is a filarial nematode which cause subcutaneous dirofilariosis. Dogs, foxes and cats are the definitive hosts and principal reservoirs of the parasite. We report cases of D. repens infestation in non-descript canines from Goa, India. The nematodes were enclosed within fibrous capsule or freely present in the tunica vaginalis of the testes, in sub-cutaneous tissue of foreleg and body cavity. The parasite showed well-developed thick multilayered cuticular ridges in the outermost layer, followed by transverse smooth muscles striations.