In June 2005, a free-ranging grass snake, Natrix natrix infected with Rhabdias fuscovenosa was collected for histologic examination of the lungs. Gross lesions were not noted; however, histologic examination revealed vacuolar degeneration of the respiratory epithelium, hemorrhage, smooth muscle degeneration, faveolae necrosis and obstruction, and intralesional nematodes. Eosinophils were the most common inflammatory cell observed in the areas of necrosis and interstitium. Herein we describe histopathologic changes due to R. fuscovenosa in a free-ranging grass snake.
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