Taxonomy: s.f. Filarioidea
Animal: Dirofilaria immitis (pathology) 1 07.jpg
Dirofilaria immitis - example of a severe diethylcarbamazine (DEC) reaction. It is important to consider adverse reactions to DEC when using this drug in clinical veterinary practice. The prevelence and severity of reaction vary geographically and the exact mechanism remains a mystery. The clinical reaction is now well described and adequate though non specific therapy available. (see Boreham PFL and Atwell RB 1988. Dirofilariasis. CRC Press).

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