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Hymenolepiasis Follow-up

  • Author: Harbir Singh Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
 
Updated: Apr 20, 2015
 

Further Outpatient Care

Perform follow-up stool examination for ova and parasites 2 weeks and 3 months after treatment to determine whether reinfection or treatment failure has occurred.

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Further Inpatient Care

Inpatient care is rarely, if ever, necessary.

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Deterrence/Prevention

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  • Emphasize good personal hygiene and proper disposal of sewage. Because some rodents can carry the parasite (44% of hamsters in one study), good handwashing after handling pets should be reinforced.
  • Use contact precautions because H nana eggs in stool are infectious.
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Prognosis

Prognosis is excellent, with or without treatment.

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Patient Education

Emphasize the importance of good hand washing, personal hygiene, and sanitary living conditions.

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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Harbir Singh Arora, MD Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Harbir Singh Arora, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Jocelyn Y Ang, MD, FAAP, FIDSA Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Michigan

Jocelyn Y Ang, MD, FAAP, FIDSA is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Martin Weisse, MD Program Director, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, West Virginia University

Martin Weisse, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Russell W Steele, MD Clinical Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine; Staff Physician, Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Russell W Steele, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Immunologists, American Pediatric Society, American Society for Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Louisiana State Medical Society, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Society for Pediatric Research, Southern Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Glenn Fennelly, MD, MPH Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Lewis M Fraad Department of Pediatrics, Jacobi Medical Center; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Glenn Fennelly, MD, MPH is a member of the following medical societies: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Life cycle of Hymenolepis nana. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/hymenolepiasis/index.html).
Life cycle of Hymenolepis dimunita. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/hymenolepiasis/index.html).
H nana egg in an unstained wet mount. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/dpdx/hymenolepiasis/index.html).
 
 
 
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