Korean J Parasitol.  2008 Sep;46(3):171-173. 10.3347/kjp.2008.46.3.171.

Ectopic Migration of an Adult Heartworm in a Dog with Dirofilariasis (Case Report)

  • 1Laboratory of Veterinary Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764, Korea. songkh@cnu.ac.kr
  • 2Laboratory of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biosafety Research Center, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju 561-756, Korea.
  • 3Veterinary Clinical Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi National University, Yamaguchi 753-8515, Japan.


A 3-yr-old female mongrel dog was referred to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Chungnam National University in the Republic of Korea. An adult heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis, was found in the abdominal cavity of the dog during spaying. Dirofilariasis in this dog was also diagnosed by modified Knott's test, ELISA test, and PCR analysis. The present case is the first report on the migration of an adult dog heartworm to the abdominal cavity of a dog in the Republic of Korea.


Dirofilaria immitis; dog; migration; abdominal cavity
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