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Spirocerca lupi

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Spirocerca lupi

The oesophageal worm of dogs and other carnivores, a red spiruroid nematode that occurs in nodules in the wall of the oesophagus, stomach, and aorta of dogs, foxes, and wolves; intermediate hosts are various coprophagic beetles. Clinical symptoms occur only in very heavy infections, which are associated with oesophageal carcinomata in dogs and with hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy.

Origin: L., fr. G. Speira, coil, _ G. Kerkos, tail; L. Lupus, wolf