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Aberrant Migration of Cuterebra Larvae in 2 Domestic Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
- Sutherland, Michelle, Higbie, Christine T., Crossland, Nicholas A., Espinheira, Filipe, Evans, Dawn, Brines, Courtenay M., Tully, Thomas N.
- Journal of exotic pet medicine 2017 v.26 no.1 pp. 57-62
- Oryctolagus cuniculus, bot flies, central nervous system, histopathology, insect larvae, parasites, patients, rabbits
- This report describes 2 cases of cuterebriasis in an atypical host, the domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Case 1 describes the clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of ophthalmomyiasis externa caused by a bot fly larva. Case 2 outlines the clinical syndromes, postmortem, and histopathological findings associated with Cuterebra larval migrans through the respiratory and central nervous systems. In both cases the presence of the parasite caused significant debilitating disease in the host animals, with fatal consequences in one patient.