Infection with the beef tapeworm Taenia saginata may cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort and elimination of movable segments in the stool. For therapy, praziquantel is.

(See also Overview of tapeworm infections.)

Infection with the beef tapeworm Taenia saginata may cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort and elimination of movable segments in the stool. For therapy, praziquantel is. (See also Overview of tapeworm infections.) Cattle are intermediate hosts for T. saginata. People are infected through consumption of cysticerci (larva) in raw or nichtdurchgegartem beef. The larvae mature in about two months into adult worms that can live for several years. Usually only one or two adult worms are present. The infection occurs worldwide, but especially in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Mexico and South America, where cattle is operated. In cattle from the United States, the infection occurs rarely, and is supervised by the official meat inspection. Patients may be asymptomatic or have mild digestive symptoms. The excretion of movable segments (proglottids) in the chair brings an otherwise asymptomatic patients often to seek medical attention. Diagnosis Microscopic examination of the stool on eggs and proglottids The chair should be examined for the presence of proglottids and eggs; Eggs can also be found in Analabstrich. The eggs of T. saginata are indistinguishable from those of T. solium (pork tapeworm) and T. asiatica, nor distinguish the clinical symptoms and management of intestinal infections of these three tapeworms. Alternatively, niclosamide, praziquantel therapy (outside USA) Treatment of a T. saginata infection occurs with a single dose of praziquantel 5 or 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 with a small amount of water. For children, the dose of niclosamide is 50 mg / kg (maximum dose of 2 g) unique. The therapy can be considered successful if be removed over 4 months no Proglottiden.

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