Dipylidium Caninum Infection

Dipylidium caninum is a ribbon worm, which may cause intestinal infections, which typically are asymptomatic.

(See also Overview of tapeworm infection.)

Dipylidium caninum is a ribbon worm, which may cause intestinal infections, which typically are asymptomatic. (See also Overview of tapeworm infection.) D. caninum, the tapeworm doppeltporige, occurs in dogs and cats. Fleas serve as intermediate hosts. Swallowing an infected flea, usually by a small child, leading to an asymptomatic, self-limited infection, but it can be detected in stool proglottids (tapeworm segments). The treatment is carried out with a single dose of praziquantel 5-10 mg / kg. Alternatively, a single dose (2 g) niclosamide (not available in the US) are given in the form of 4 tablets of 500 mg, to be chewed together and swallowed. For children, the dose is 50 mg / kg (maximum 2 g) is unique.

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