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Echinococcus is an infection caused by the Echinococcus granulosus or Echinococcus multilocularis worm.
TreatmentMany patients can be treated with albendazole or mebendazole. These medications are often used for up to 3 months. Another drug, praziquantel, may be helpful combined with albendazole or mebendazole.
The cysts may be removed with surgery, if possible. This can be a complicated surgery.
Outlook (Prognosis)If the cysts respond to oral medication, the likely outcome is good.
Possible ComplicationsThe cysts may break open (rupture) and cause severe illness, including:
Low blood pressure
The cysts may also spread throughout the body.
When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you develop symptoms of this disorder.
PreventionIn areas where the disease is known to occur, health education and routinely removing tapeworms from dogs can help prevent the disease.
Alternative NamesHydatidosis; Hydatid disease, Hydatid cyst disease
ReferencesKing CH, Fairley JK. Cestodes (Tapeworms).In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 29.
Update Date: 7/26/2010
Отредактировано Rofe (2011-03-17 18:54:11)