Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Pigeon Protozoal Encephalitis

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3547-1

Severe neurologic disease due to Sarcocystis calchasi in domestic pigeons due to intense inflammatory lesions in the brain, while tissue cysts are mostly lacking there. This disease is unique in S. calchasi-infected pigeons, while the 32 known other Sarcocystis species are only slightly pathogenic if at all.


Inflammatory Lesion Neurologic Disease Tissue Cyst Sarcocystis Species Domestic Pigeon 
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Further Reading

  1. Olias P et al (2010) Sarcocystis calchasi sp. nov. of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica) and the Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). Parasitol Res 106:577–585CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Olias P et al (2013) Modulation of the host Th1 immune response in pigeon protozoal encephalitis caused by Sarcocystis calchasi. Vet Res 44:10–15PubMedCentralCrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany