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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2002 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 12 | Page No.: 1297-1299
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2002.1297.1299
 
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Effect of Acanthocephalan Infection on the Intestinal Wall of Snake (Naja naja): a Histopathological Parameter

Nasira Khatoon, Fatima Mujib Bilqees, Aly Khan, Aisha Ali and Rizwana Abdul Ghaffar

Abstract:
During a routine collection of helminth parasites from vertebrates acanthocephalan were recovered from the intestine of Naja naja. As the acanthocephalan were attached to intestinal wall it was desirable to study its histopathology severe host tissue reaction has occurred and whole thickness of the intestinal wall was involved. Intestinal mucosa was badly affected. Atrophy, necrosis, degeneration, shrinkage and erosion of the surface layers was seen in several sections. Most of the sub-mucoid region replaced by homogeneous pink staining material and fibrinous exudate. Dense fibrous mass was observed at the surrounding area of acanthocephalan. In most of the sections mucosa and sub-mucosa were eroded and villi were degenerated and dislocated. Several sections of acanthocephalan were observed in the serosal layers. It is suggested that similar host tissue reaction probably can occur in human because snake meat serve as a food item in some parts of the world.
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Nasira Khatoon, Fatima Mujib Bilqees, Aly Khan, Aisha Ali and Rizwana Abdul Ghaffar, 2002. Effect of Acanthocephalan Infection on the Intestinal Wall of Snake (Naja naja): a Histopathological Parameter. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 5: 1297-1299.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2002.1297.1299

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2002.1297.1299

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