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Coenurus

 

a variant of the cyst stage in the development of tapeworms. The coenurus has numerous heads, which are twisted into the cavity of the cyst. The coenuri of 31 species of the genus Multiceps have been described. That of Multiceps skrjabini may reach 35 cm in diameter. The cysticercus of this type, with a diameter up to 10 cm, is characteristic of Multiceps multiceps, which in its adult state parasitizes the intestinal tract of dogs and other canines and in the coenurus stage parasitizes the brains of sheep and occasionally of cattle, horses, and humans. Coenuri cause diseases known as coenuroses.

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Coenurosis, a fatal disease of sheep is caused by Coenurus cerebralis, a bladder metacestode stage of Multiceps multiceps, which inhabits the small intestine of canines and wild carnivores as the definitive hosts (Soulsby, 1982).
Coenurus cerebralis infection in Ethiopian Highland sheep: Incidence and observations on pathogenesis and clinical signs.
Keywords: Coenurus cerebralis, cyst; exophthalmos; retrobulbar
Coenurus cerebralis is the larval form of Taenia multiceps which lives in small intestines of carnivores (Christodoulopoulos, 2007).
Involvement of brain may produce nervous symptoms like 'gid' caused by Coenurus cerebralis and thus oestrosis is also referred as 'false gid' (Soulsby, 1992; Sharma et al.
Coenurus cysts with multiple scolices recorded from brain and spinal cord of sheep and goat have been identified as Coenurus cerebralis, while those from connective tissues and visceral organs are considered as C.
Metacestode is morphologically similar to Coenurus cerebralis, metacestode of Taenia multiceps in sheep and goats but reaches maturity outside the central nervous system such as subcutaneous fascia, intramuscular and peritoneal areas without any apparent clinical signs in infected animals.