Taenia Infection Follow-up

Updated: Jul 24, 2018
  • Author: Supatida Tengsupakul, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Following treatment, patients should carefully examine stools for proglottid elimination during the next 5 weeks for T solium infection and for 3 months for T saginata infection.

Confirm the efficacy of treatment of T. solium taeniasis with history of proglottids expulsion after 1 week of treatment, microscopic and macroscopic examination of stool samples 1 month and 3 months later and if available, obtain CoAg-ELISA at 1 month and 3 months later. If any of these tests become positive, the treatment should be repeated. [24]

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Further Inpatient Care

Admit the patient if complications such as intestinal obstruction arise because of intestinal taeniid infection.

See Cysticercosis and Neurocysticercosis for information on further inpatient care for these diseases.

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Deterrence/Prevention

Individuals should avoid eating inadequately cooked beef or pork.

Examine the stools of potentially infected individuals for taeniid infection and provide treatment if test results are positive.

Practice good hand hygiene.

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Complications

See the list below:

  • Appendicitis

  • Cholecystitis

  • Pancreatitis

  • Intestinal obstruction

  • Tubo-ovarian abscess (rare)

  • Systemic cysticercosis [37]

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Prognosis

Treatment with praziquantel reportedly provides cure rates of 99-100%.

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Patient Education

Educate patients and families about routes of infection and preventive measures.

Teach patients and families proper sanitary and personal hygiene measures.

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