Hymenolepiasis Follow-up

Updated: Dec 21, 2020
  • Author: Harbir Singh Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Follow-up

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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