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Read-Only Case Details Reviewed: Jan 2010

October 2018
D-P16 (NP)

SIGNALMENT (JPC# 1852297):  Adult wild-caught female Cebus monkey (Cebus sp.)

HISTORY:  Incidental necropsy finding with numerous 0.5 to 2.5 cm diameter grayish-tan nodules on the serosal surface of the duodenum and jejunum

HISTOPATHOLOGIC DESCRIPTION:  Small intestine:  Markedly expanding and compressing the tunica muscularis and elevating the overlying serosa, or within the adjacent mesenteric adipose tissue, are multifocal 4 to 5 mm diameter well demarcated granulomas characterized by a discontinuous fibrous capsule surrounding a rim of numerous epithelioid macrophages, eosinophils, degenerate and viable neutrophils and few lymphocytes and plasma cells, which surrounds multiple cross and tangential sections of adult nematodes and eggs, fibrin, eosinophilic homogenous material and necrotic debris.  Nematodes are up to 120 um in diameter, have a 5 um thick eosinophilic hyaline cuticle with evenly spaced longitudinal cuticular ridges, a pseudocoelom, platymyarian-meromyarian musculature, and a prominent digestive tract lined by few multinucleate cells with a low brush border.  Eggs are 30-50 um in diameter and thin shelled and contain morula or larvae.  Lymphocytes, plasma cells and eosinophils extend into the adjacent serosa, submucosa, and into the lamina propria. The tunica muscularis adjacent to the granulomas is often lost and replaced by fibrous connective tissue. The majority of the intestinal mucosa is autolytic.

MORPHOLOGIC DIAGNOSIS:  Small intestine:  Granulomas, serosal and mesenteric, chronic, multifocal, moderate with multiple adult trichostrongyle nematodes and eggs, etiology consistent with Molineus torulosusand mild lymphoplasmacytic enteritis, Cebus monkey (Cebus sp.), nonhuman primate.

ETIOLOGY:  Molineus torulosus

ETIOLOGIC DIAGNOSIS:  Enteric trichostrongylosis








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