Diagnostic procedures and treatment of eleven dogs with peritoneal infections caused by mesocestoides spp

P. R. Crosbie, Walter M Boyce, E. G. Platzer, S. A. Nadler, C. Kerner

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An 8-year-old spayed Schnauzer with a distended abdomen was examined because of straining to urinate and suspected urinary tract infection. Abdominal radiography revealed a ground-glass appearance, and ultrasonography revealed numerous cystic structures in the peritoneal cavity. Examination of an aspirate of abdominal fluid revealed tissues consistent with metacestodes. Tissues were definitively identified as Mesocestoides spp on the basis of polymerase chain reaction amplification of restriction fragment length polymorphisms. The dog required several courses of treatment with fenbendazole to eliminate the infection. This was 1 of 11 dogs infected with Mesocestoides metacestodes. Treatment involving the use of praziquantel and albendazole were ineffective, but fenbendazole successfully cleared Mesocestoides infections in 5 of 6 dogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998



  • Canine species
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Fenbendazole
  • Mesocestoides spp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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