Eustrongylides induced verminous coelomitis in an Australian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

Michelle Sutherland, Shokoofeh Shamsi, David N. Phalen, Patricia J Macwhirter

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An injured free-ranging Australasian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) presented weak and dehydrated. There was radiographic evidence of coelomitis. Faecal examination revealed capillarid and eustrongylid eggs. Despite treatment, the bird died. On necropsy eustrongylid nematodes were found to perforate the ventriculus causing an exudative peritonitis and airsacculitis. Histologically, there was extensive granulomatous inflammation associated with eustrongylid nematodes in the oesophagus, proventriculus and ventriculus, and a severe diffuse verminous coelomitis. This case represents the first report of verminous coelomitis in an Australasian darter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalEolophus : Journal of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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