Red mark syndrome (RMS) is a skin disorder affecting rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The present work aimed to correlate the gross skin lesions affecting 46 fish sam-pled from farms surveyed for RMS with their microscopic features, identifying histologi-cal parameters that may be suggestive of disease progression. Skin lesions were grossly included in one of three categories (types I, II and III) according to the progressive degree of severity. Histological parameters and anti- proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) tis-sue immunoreactivity were semi- quantitatively assessed. In the dermis, PCNA- positive lymphocytes, fibroblasts and endothelial cells were indicative of active phlogosis. A significant increase in PCNA- immunoreactive lymphocytes, from gross type I to type III cases, was found only in the hypodermis. The histological parameters significantly associated with the gross lesion severity were progressive loss of the epithelium and scales, recruitment of inflammatory cells in the stratum compactum, loss of architecture of the stratum compactum, perivascular and perineural granulomatous inflammation and increase in lymphocyte infiltration of the muscular layer. In the type II and type III categories, inflammation in the hypodermis and muscle displayed a granulomatous pattern, reinforcing the hypothesis of an immunopathological mechanism. The morphological di-agnosis of “deep chronic dermatitis associated to panniculitis and myositis, characterised by lympho- histiocytic and granulomatous reaction” is suggested.

Red mark syndrome of trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss; Walbaum, 1792): Histopathological scoring and correlation with gross lesions

Gian Enrico Magi;
2021-01-01

Abstract

Red mark syndrome (RMS) is a skin disorder affecting rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The present work aimed to correlate the gross skin lesions affecting 46 fish sam-pled from farms surveyed for RMS with their microscopic features, identifying histologi-cal parameters that may be suggestive of disease progression. Skin lesions were grossly included in one of three categories (types I, II and III) according to the progressive degree of severity. Histological parameters and anti- proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) tis-sue immunoreactivity were semi- quantitatively assessed. In the dermis, PCNA- positive lymphocytes, fibroblasts and endothelial cells were indicative of active phlogosis. A significant increase in PCNA- immunoreactive lymphocytes, from gross type I to type III cases, was found only in the hypodermis. The histological parameters significantly associated with the gross lesion severity were progressive loss of the epithelium and scales, recruitment of inflammatory cells in the stratum compactum, loss of architecture of the stratum compactum, perivascular and perineural granulomatous inflammation and increase in lymphocyte infiltration of the muscular layer. In the type II and type III categories, inflammation in the hypodermis and muscle displayed a granulomatous pattern, reinforcing the hypothesis of an immunopathological mechanism. The morphological di-agnosis of “deep chronic dermatitis associated to panniculitis and myositis, characterised by lympho- histiocytic and granulomatous reaction” is suggested.
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