Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 945–947 | Cite as

Histopathological features of cutaneous and gastric habronemiasis in horse

  • Fatemeh AmininajafiEmail author
  • Mohammad Reza Mehrara
  • Arman Hosseini
  • Rooholla Fattahi
  • Mehdi Taghizadeh
  • Sardar Hasanzadeh
Original Article


The aim of study was to describe clinico histopathological manifestations of cutaneous and gastric habronemiasis in horse. The adult worms live on the wall of the stomach and cutaneous of the host without internal migration. A 5 year old 700 kg warm-blood, cross gelding was referred to the Tehran School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The horse presented skin lesions around. In our survey, several raised granulomatous nodules with a cystic space and parasites within the cysts were observed. Also gastric rupture at greater curvature due to abscess and perforation through the serosa causing diffused peritonitis and subsequent death. Eosinophils and other inflammatory cells were present in large numbers. Furthermore, cutaneous lesions were characterized by single or multiple ulcerated timorous masses with eosinophil epithelioid cell infiltration and scattered necrotic debris. Granulation tissue and neutrophils were observed along the ulcerated area. In this report a case of cutaneous and gastric habronemiasis in a horse in Iran is described with special attention to confirmation of the clinical diagnosis.


Cutaneous Histopathology Horse Habronemiasis Ulcer 



The authors thank Dr.Javad Javanbakht for his help with this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fatemeh Amininajafi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammad Reza Mehrara
    • 2
  • Arman Hosseini
    • 3
  • Rooholla Fattahi
    • 4
  • Mehdi Taghizadeh
    • 5
  • Sardar Hasanzadeh
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineTehran UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Doctor of Veterinary MedicineTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Clinical Science, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineTehran UniversityTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of TehranTehranIran
  5. 5.Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUrmia UniversityUrmiaIran
  6. 6.College of AgriculturalTehran UniversityTehranIran

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