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E. B. Dogan doganb at bcc.orst.edu
Wed May 7 21:18:32 EST 1997

Steve J. Upton wrote:

> Spirocerca lupi in canids is thought to cause some esophageal > sarcomas,

There is a short write-up by William Campbell (Drew U.) in the last
issue of Parasitology Today (vol.13(5), page 202) which mentions
Spirocerca lupi causing large granulomas in dogs.   This and a few other
cases are the only reports I've seen of cancer causing parasites, and
all the others were in lab animals (none in humans).  Just thought you
all might me interested.  

I would not have noticed it except that it is right above a book review
by my primary advisor.

Happy parasitologizing,

- Kimo

A. Kimo Morris
Department of Entomology
Oregon State University  
morrisk at bcc.orst.edu

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