Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 914–918 | Cite as

Diagnosis and surgical management of non-cerebral coenurosis (Taenia gaigeri) in local Black Bengal goat of Tripura: report of six cases

  • Shongsir Warson MonsangEmail author
  • Mangsatabam Norjit Singh
  • Mritunjay Kumar
  • Joyabrata Roy
  • Saumen Kanti Pal
  • Wangkheirakpam Ramdas Singh
Original Article


Six cases of coenurosis were reported in a local Black Bengal goat within the age group of 6 months to 1 and half years with the complaint of swelling present on the body surfaces at different anatomical sites. On palpation, the swelling was non-painful and fluctuating uniformly under the skin. All the animals exhibited almost similar signs and symptoms except for three animals which had mild gastro-intestinal problems. All the clinical parameters (heart rate, respiratory rate and rectal temperature) and blood haemoglobin levels (range 10–12 g %) were within the normal physiological limits. After sedation and restraint with Sequil (Triflupromazine HCl 1 mg/kg, IM), the cysts were removed carefully to avoid breakage. Identification was done on the basis of morphology and microscopic studies of scolices, suckers, pattern of rostellum and hooks present which gives confirmation of the cysts under discussion as Taenia gaigeri. All the animals recovered uneventfully from surgery after one week without any complications and on record there was no reoccurrence of the condition within 1 and half months of observation.


Coenurosis Taenia gaigeri Black Bengal goat Sequil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shongsir Warson Monsang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mangsatabam Norjit Singh
    • 2
  • Mritunjay Kumar
    • 1
  • Joyabrata Roy
    • 1
  • Saumen Kanti Pal
    • 3
  • Wangkheirakpam Ramdas Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Teaching Veterinary Clinical ComplexCollege of Veterinary Sciences and Animal HusbandryTripura (W)India
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary ParasitologyCollege of Veterinary Sciences and Animal HusbandryTripura (W)India
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacology & ToxicologyCollege of Veterinary Sciences and Animal HusbandryTripura (W)India

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