E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
In vivo Development of Trichinella spiralis in Rats
1 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey  
2 Dokuz Eylül Universitesi Tıp Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, İnciraltı, İzmir, Türkiye  
3 Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2006; 30: 289-292

Key Words: Trichinella spiralis, in vivo

The causative agent is Trichinella spiralis which lives in the intestines in adult form or in skeletal muscles in larval form. After ingestion of raw or undercooked infected meat that contains larvae of trichinella, these larvae enter the blood and the lymphatic circulation. They usually settle in the skeletal muscles and develop further. This study was conducted in the Department of Parasitology of the Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine. The aim of this experimental study was to develop Trichinella spiralis in vivo experimentally using Wistar albino rats. It was also found that Trichinella spiralis can be experimentally developed in the Rattus norvegicus species of rodents, and it is possible to use the obtained Trichinella spiralis larva’s for numerous purposes, in particular for supplying the antigens required for serological diagnosis of the disease. In addition, we investigated the range of the the skeletal muscles in which the causative agent, Trichinella spiralis, lives in larval form.

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