Capillaria hepatica

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 13.04.2021

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Capillaria hepatica is a parasite of the family Trichuridae, a zoonotic nematode that parasitizes in the livers of rodents as its main host (Himsworth CG et al. 2013). Furthermore, Capillaria hepatica is detected in numerous other mammals such as carnivora and primates including humans (rarely), in humans the parasitosis leads to intestinal infestation (Fan PC et al. 2000).

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Last updated on: 13.04.2021