Dipylidiasis Follow-up

Updated: Nov 25, 2015
  • Author: Venkat R Minnaganti, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

The patient's stool should be examined for eggs and proglottids of D caninum at 1 and 3 months after treatment to ensure cure.

A repeat dosing of anthelmintics is usually unnecessary.

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Deterrence/Prevention

Flea control is the most effective way to prevent dipylidiasis in humans and pets. Spraying of cats and dogs with flea powder is effective in reducing the risk of infection. Aerosol insecticides are effective for flea control in large areas.

Do not allow children to play in areas soiled with cat or dog feces.

Practice good hygiene measures, especially handwashing after contact with cats and dogs.

Promptly treat cats and dogs if they are known to harbor tapeworms. Praziquantel is an effective treatment for pets.

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Complications

Intestinal obstruction is a rare complication of dipylidiasis.

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Prognosis

Dipylidiasis carries an excellent prognosis.

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Patient Education

Emphasize the importance of handwashing, especially after contact with cats and dogs.

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