Pathophysiologic effects of experimentally induced Fascioloides magna infection in sheep.

B. E. Stromberg, G. A. Conboy, D. W. Hayden, J. C. Schlotthauer

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The pathophysiologic responses of 13 sheep inoculated orally with 100 metacercariae of Fascioloides magna were monitored for 4 months after inoculation. There were no differences in weight gains between these and a number of noninoculated control sheep throughout the experiment. Complete blood cell counts showed an increase only in the absolute number of eosinophils. Serum preparations (2 times a week) from 7 inoculated and 7 noninoculated sheep did not identify any significant changes in alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, and gamma-glutamyl transferase activities. There were no changes in total bilirubin, BUN, creatinine, inorganic phosphorus, calcium, albumin, chloride, potassium, and sodium values. Four months after they were inoculated, all sheep were necropsied, and flukes were recovered. Gross lesions attributed to fluke migration were found in the liver and portal lymph nodes, diaphragm, lungs, kidneys, and spleen. Microscopically, liver lesions in inoculated sheep occurred in the portal areas, veins, and Glisson's capsule and were characterized by both active and chronic forms of inflammation. Abundant infiltrates of eosinophils and plasma cells often marked the portal areas. Endophlebitis, with or without thrombosis, was the predominate vascular lesion. The flukes recovered varied greatly in size (6.5 to 48.0-mm long) and demonstrated some sexual development, but none was sexually mature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1637-1641
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1985
Externally publishedYes


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