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Camelid health
Adult polycystic liver disease in alpacas
  1. Aiden Foster1,
  2. Paul Duff2,
  3. Belgees Boufana3,
  4. Eleanor Acaster4 and
  5. Alex Schock5
  1. 1AHVLA – Shrewsbury, Kendal Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury
    SY1 4HD
  2. 2AHVLA – Penrith, Merrythought, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9RR
  3. 3Cestode Zoonoses Research Group, University of Salford, Manchester M5 4WT
  4. 4Preston and Bramley, The Veterinary Surgery, 14 Long Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5AH
  5. 5AHVLA – Lasswade, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 OPZ
  1. e-mail: aiden.foster{at}

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IN veterinary medicine, multiple hepatic cysts in adult animals are commonly caused by parasitic infections, with echinococcosis being the most important disease from a public health point of view. We would like to raise awareness of two adult alpacas that presented with multiple hepatic cysts that could have been misdiagnosed without detailed investigation.

An 11-year-old male Huacaya alpaca from a moderate-size herd was reported to have shown signs of colic and died. On-farm postmortem examination revealed a large number of variably sized, white to cream coloured, often protruding, cysts containing cloudy grey fluid, throughout the liver parenchyma (Fig 1).

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