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Offline antoniolafortezza

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How is fascioliasis treated?
« on: 15/08/2016 17:08:41 »
Fascioliasis is caused by two species of parasitic flatworms or trematodes that mainly affect the liver. The two species of trematodes that cause fascioliasis (Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica) are leaf-shaped worms, large enough to be visible to the naked eye (adult F. hepatica measure 20-30 mm x 13 mm; adult F. gigantica measure 25-75 mm x 12 mm). They cause similar diseases in humans.

Fasciola spp. are not adapted to using man as a definitive host and so the fluke Larvae sometimes also travel to ectopic body sites like intestinal wall, brain, skin and eyes, especially in the lungs and subcutaneous tissues where they may form cysts.

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I have yet to come across a case study detailing treatment for the ectopic cystic form of Fascioliasis.  As we know, encysted forms of parasites are commonly refractory to conventional therapy thanks to their altered cell wall structures. 

Are there any possible treatment options for patients presenting with ectopic Fasciola cysts?
« Last Edit: 18/08/2016 19:53:56 by chris »


 

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Re: Ectopic Fascioliasis - under-diagnosed tropical disease?
« Reply #1 on: 16/08/2016 11:59:51 »
I have yet to come across a case study detailing treatment for the ectopic cystic form of Fascioliasis.  As we know, encysted forms of parasites are commonly refractory to conventional therapy thanks to their altered cell wall structures. 

Are there any possible treatment options for patients presenting with ectopic Fasciola cysts?

In terms of conventional methodologies, surgical removal, radiation or treatment with the benzimidazole anthelmintic triclabendazole. There are non-conventional methodologies as well.

 

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Re: Ectopic Fascioliasis - under-diagnosed tropical disease?
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