What emergency department treatment is indicated in intestinal tapeworm infestation?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Lisandro Irizarry, MD, MBA, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Recent reviews summarize that most intestinal tapeworm infections can be effectively treated with praziquantel or niclosamide. [10, 11] These antihelminthic agents have effective rates of 85-98%. [12] Praziquantel was found to be 100% effective in the treatment of Taenia and H nana infection. [13]

Administer parenteral vitamin B-12 if evidence of vitamin B-12 deficiency occurs with Diphyllobothrium infections.


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