Aberrant heartworm migration to the abdominal aorta and systemic arteriolitis in a dog presenting with vomiting and hemorrhagic diarrhea. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 2-year-old Dachshund was presented for vomiting and diarrhea. Abdominal ultrasound revealed Dirofilaria immitis in the abdominal aorta and an avascular segment of small intestine. The dog was euthanized. Necropsy revealed D. immitis in the abdominal aorta and widespread necrotizing arteriolitis. This is a unique presentation of aberrant migration of D. immitis.

published proceedings

  • Can Vet J

author list (cited authors)

  • Grimes, J. A., Scott, K. D., & Edwards, J. F.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Grimes, Janet A||Scott, Katherine D||Edwards, John F

publication date

  • January 2016