Taenia cysticerci in a Captive-Born Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator)
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference 2010
Kristian J. Krause1, DVM, DABVP (Feline); Drury Reavill2, DVM, DABVP (Avian), DACVP; Ellis C. Greiner3, PhD; Scott H. Weldy1, DVM
1Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital, Lake Forest, CA, USA; 2Zoo/Exotic Pathology Service, West Sacramento, CA, USA; 3Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA


A captive-born 13-year-old female emperor tamarin was presented for abdominal swelling. Abdominal ultrasound demonstrated a cystic mass adjacent to the liver. Abdominal exploratory revealed hundreds of cystic structures engulfing the entire gastrointestinal tract, attached to the parietal peritoneum, and free floating in the abdomen. Histopathology confirmed cestode larval cysts. The cysts are Taenia cysticerci. The proposed life cycle is discussed.


The authors would like to thank the zookeepers of the Santa Ana Zoo for their assistance in their care of this animal.

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Kristian J. Krause, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital
Lake Forest, CA, USA

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