ALVEOLAR HYDATID DISEASE & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Alveolar Hydatid Disease"?
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 & is usually found in foxes, coyote, dogs & cats. When affecting human, the tapeworm thrive on the lungs, brain & organs of the body.
Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms of the Alveolar Hydatid Disease include chest pain & discomfort, weight loss, coughing & jaundice. It may also manifest epilepsy & blindness including allergic rashes, anaphylaxis & fever if the brain is infested.
Treatment: How to Treat "Alveolar Hydatid Disease"?
Treatment includes hospitalization, medications, surgical removal of the cyst, taking of mebendazole & Albendazole.
Alveolar Hydatid Disease is caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus multilocularis which is a tapeworm.
Diagnosis includes blood tests for parasite, antibody blood tests, X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI Scan & E. Multicularis Antibody tests.