Dipylidiasis Workup

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

Laboratory Studies

No blood tests are used to diagnose dipylidiasis.

Eosinophilia may be present.

Examination of the stool specimen may show the characteristic egg packets and proglottids of D caninum.

Eggs arranged in packets are typical of dipylidiasis.

Egg packets of Dipylidium caninum. Image provided Egg packets of Dipylidium caninum. Image provided courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Individual eggs are rarely observed in feces.

Proglottids may be observed in singles or in chains and often resemble rice grains in stool.

Proglottids may become adherent to perianal hair and may be observed as a whitish yellow object when dry.

Examination of stool specimens on several different days may be necessary.