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Cloaca prolapse and cystitis in green iguana (Iguana iguana) caused by a novel Cryptosporidium species

Author:
Kik, Marja J.L., van Asten, Alphons J.A.M., Lenstra, Johannes A., Kirpensteijn, Jolle
Source:
Veterinary parasitology 2011 v.175 no.1-2 pp. 165-167
ISSN:
0304-4017
Subject:
Cryptosporidium, Iguana iguana, bladder, chronic diseases, cloaca, colitis, cystitis, epithelium, feces, genes, oocysts, ribosomal RNA
Abstract:
Cryptosporidium infection was associated with colitis and cystitis in 2 green iguanas (Iguana iguana). The disease was characterized by a chronic clinical course of cloacal prolapses and cystitis. Histological examination of the gut and urinary bladder showed numerous Cryptosporidium developmental stages on the surface of the epithelium with mixed inflammatory response in the lamina propria. Cryptosporidium oocysts were visualised in a cytological preparation of the faeces. Based on the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene the cryptosporidia were characterized as belonging to the intestinal cryptosporidial lineage, but not to Cryptosporidium saurophilum or Cryptosporidium serpentis species.
Agid:
569135