Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 906–909 | Cite as

Study on impression smears of hepatic coccidiosis in rabbits

  • S. Sivajothi
  • B. Sudhakara Reddy
  • V. C. Rayulu
Original Article


Hepatic coccidiosis is a contagious and lethal disease condition in rabbits. The disease was recorded in six rabbits suffering with watery diarrhoea. Clinically, affected rabbits showed decreased growth rate, anorexia, debilitation, diarrhea and rough hair coat. Examination of the faecal samples revealed the presence of unsporulated oocysts of Eimeria spp. After sporulation Eimeria stiedae oocysts were identified. Postmortem examination revealed hepatomegaly with presence of discrete yellowish-white nodules on the surface of the liver. Impression smears from the liver revealed the presence of numerous developmental stages of E. stiedae corresponding with the stage of the liver lesion and also represent the histological changes of the liver. Rabbits were treated with a combination of sulphaquinoxaline and diaveridine for five days.


Eimeria stiedae Impression smears Hepatic coccidiosis Rabbits Y.S.R. District 



The authors acknowledge the authorities of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati for providing facilities to carry out this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Sivajothi
    • 1
  • B. Sudhakara Reddy
    • 2
  • V. C. Rayulu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary ScienceSri Venkateswara Veterinary UniversityY.S.R. DistrictIndia
  2. 2.Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex (Veterinary Medicine), College of Veterinary ScienceSri Venkateswara Veterinary UniversityY.S.R. DistrictIndia

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