Alveolar Hydatid Disease

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Definition

Alveolar Hydatid Disease is a rare medical condition where there is a multi-organ infection caused by the larval stage of a Echinococcus multilocularis, tapeworm that is usually microscopic and is usually found in foxes, coyote, dogs and cats. When affecting human, the tapeworm thrive on the lungs, brain and organs of the body.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis includes blood tests for parasite, antibody blood tests, X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI Scan and E. Multicularis Antibody tests.

Treatment

Treatment includes hospitalization, medications, surgical removal of the cyst, taking of mebendazole and Albendazole.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of the Alveolar Hydatid Disease include chest pain and discomfort, weight loss, coughing and jaundice. It may also manifest epilepsy and blindness including allergic rashes, anaphylaxis and fever if the brain is infested.

Causes

Alveolar Hydatid Disease is caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus multilocularis which is a tapeworm.

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