Research Article | Veterinary Pathology

Research note on parasitic pathology of Ascaridia columbae infection in a Racing Homer (Columba livia domestica)

T. Dhanya, M. Pradeep, K. S. Prasanna, R. Ravindran, V. Elizabeth, G.S. Kumar, R. Anoopraj, P. Hamza and J.G. Ajith

Department of Veterinary Pathology, Department of Veterinary Parasitology College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode. Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Wayanad, Kerala-673 57

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal June 2022 : 99 (6) - pages 30 to 33
(Received: , Accepted: )


A female racing homer was brought for a necropsy with a clinical history of vomiting blood-tinged fluid followed by sudden death. The major gross lesions observed during the necropsy were numerous nematodes in proventriculus, gizzard and intestine and haemorrhages in the intestine. The nematodes were identified as Ascaridia columbae. On the histological examination, the intestine revealed atrophy of the villi, necrotised and desquamated mucosal epithelium, infiltration of mononuclear cells in the lamina propria and muscular layer along with haemorrhage. The lungs exhibited multifocal congestion, haemorrhages and dilatation of the parabronchial lumen. The liver showed dilation of the hepatic sinusoids, multifocal haemorrhages and scattered areas of hemosiderin deposition and multiple multinucleated giant cells

Key Words: Pigeon, Racing Homer, blood vomit, Ascaridia columbae

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