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Volume 62, Issue 2 (Jun 2017)


Fatal aelurostrongylosis in a kitten in Serbia

Pavle Gavrilović
  • Corresponding author
  • Veterinary Specialised Institute “Pančevo”, Department of Pathology and Parasitology, Serbia
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/ Milijan Jovanović
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade University, Department of Pathology, Serbia
/ Aleksandra Gavrilović
  • Veterinary Clinic “Pančevo”, Serbia
/ Slađan Nešić
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade University, Department of Pathology, Serbia
Published Online: 2017-04-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0058


This paper describes a case of aelurostrongylosis in a four-month old female domestic cat (Felis catus) from South Banat, Serbia. The kitten that had died suddenly without signs of illness was autopsied in the Veterinary Specialised Institute “Pančevo”. The macroscopic finding was typical of granulomatous pneumonia and subsequently, histopathology revealed verminous pneumonia. Based on the parasite morphology, it was confirmed that the lung lesions were caused by Aelurostrongylus abstrusus. The present finding contributes to the knowledge of the prevalence of this underestimated parasite in the Balkan Peninsula.

Keywords: Aelurostrongylus abstrusus; aelurostrongylosis; cat; lungworms; pneumonia; Serbia


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About the article

Received: 2016-12-12

Revised: 2017-02-08

Accepted: 2017-02-21

Published Online: 2017-04-18

Published in Print: 2017-06-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2017-0058. Export Citation

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