Hymenolepiasis



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Diagnostic Tests and Therapy for Hymenolepis spp.

 

Scanning electron micrograph of the scolex of H. diminuta with four suckers, and no armed rostellum.(http://www.biosci.ohio-state.edu/~parasite/hymenolepis.html)

 

 Diagnostic Tests:

Examination of the stool for eggs and parasites confirms the diagnosis. Concentration techniques and repeated examinations will increase the likelihood of detecting light infections. See Morphology.

 Management and Therapy:

Praziquatel as a single dose is currently the treatment of choice. Expect a full recovery following treatment. Both Niclosamide and praziquantel have been very effective and had minimal side effects. Niclosamide causes death to the tapeworm by interfering with oxidative phosphorylation, use 40 mg/kg for one dose only in children. Praziquantel causes paralysis and death use 25 mg/kg for one dose only.