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J Small Anim Pract. 2013 Feb;54(2):99-103. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2012.01303.x. Epub 2012 Nov 12.

Intracranial migration of Eucoleus (Capillaria) boehmi in a dog.

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College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA.


A 4-year-old, spayed-female great Dane was referred for surgical treatment of a suspected meningioma, diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging 10 days prior to presentation. The suspected meningioma was removed via image-guided stereotactic craniotomy. Histopathological diagnosis was severe, locally extensive, chronic meningoencephalitis with an intralesional nematode egg. The egg was morphologically consistent with Eucoleus boehmi, and aberrant migration into the cranial cavity was the presumed cause of this lesion. Three faecal samples were collected and revealed 4+ E. boehmi eggs. Treatment involved 110 mg/kg fenbendazole (Panacur, Intervet) orally twice daily for 14 days. Nematodes including E. boehmi are a previously un-recognised source of intracranial disease in dogs, and should be considered as a differential for mass-like lesions visualised by magnetic resonance imaging.

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