What is echinococcus?
A person with echinococcus has a rare tapeworm infection caused by the Echinococcus granulosus or Echinococcus multilocularis worm that causes cysts in the body. Echinococcus is common in Africa, Central Asia, South America, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It is very rare infection in the United States. Infection occurs following the ingestion of contaminated food. The infection most commonly causes the formation of cysts in the liver, but they may also form in the brain, bones, lungs, muscles, kidneys, and spleen.
What are the symptoms of echinococcus?
Symptoms of echinococcus include upper right abdominal pain, chest pain, severe skin itching, cough, fever and bloody sputum.
How does the doctor treat echinococcus?
Treatment of echinococcus includes medications, for up to 3 months. Surgery may be required to remove the cysts.
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