Tapeworm Infestation Follow-up

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Lisandro Irizarry, MD, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Complications

Potential complications of tapeworm infestation include the following:

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Prognosis

The cure rate for tapeworm infestation is greater than 95% in patients who receive appropriate treatment.

The prognosis for systemic cysts depends on the location of the cysts.

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Patient Education

This includes the following:

  • Proper cooking of beef, pork, and fish

  • Proper freezing of meat or fish

  • Fecal-oral precautions with good hand washing

  • Treatment of infected dogs and prevention of fleas

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