10-Title: Pathobiological observations of pulmonary fluke infestation in goats (Capra hircus)

Authors: Hemant Dadhich, Manisha Mathur and AP Singh

Source: Ruminant Science (2012)-1(1):49-50.

How to cite this manuscript: Dadhich Hemant, Mathur Manisha and Singh AP (2012). Pathobiological observations of pulmonary fluke infestation in goats (Capra hircus). Ruminant Science 1(1):49-50.


In the present study, a total of 2217 goat lungs were examined and out of these, 571 specimens showing frank lesions were collected for further histopathological examination. The infestation of flukes was recorded in 1.58 per cent cases of the total affected lungs. Grossly, the lesions found on the surface of lungs were pea sized, soft and raised from the surface and were reddish purple in color. Microscopically, the sections of flukes present in the lung parenchyma showed spiny cuticle and suckers with varying size and shape. Some were immature, while, the others were mature. In most cases, the surrounding tissue showed haemorrhages and the hemosiderin laden macrophages. Cellular infiltration predominantly of lymphocytes, eosinophils and macrophages was observed in the affected areas. In some cases, the flukes migrated from the site of haemorrhages and were seen among the damaged alveoli. These flukes could not be identified.


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