BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Tapeworm cyst in a sheep brain

Royal Veterinary College

Available online

view Tapeworm cyst in a sheep brain


Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

You can use this work for any purpose, as long as it is not primarily intended for or directed to commercial advantage or monetary compensation. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) terms and conditions

About this work


Photograph of the brain from a sheep viewed from the top. A tapeworm cyst (brown) is visible in the brain. This cyst is part of the life cycle of the tapeworm Taenia multiceps, found in the small intestine of the dog. The presence of the cyst, near to the cerebellum, may result in sheep exhibiting a circling or high-stepping gait. Each cream-coloured 'spot' on the cyst wall is an immature tapeworm head that will develop into a fully-grown tapeworm, up to a metre long, in the small intestine of a dog.


We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.