How is echinococcosis treated?
Treatment for this disease is based on where the cysts are located and what problems they are causing. Drugs that treat infections cause by worms are called anthelmintics. These include albendazole, mebendazole and praziquantel. Surgery to remove the cysts may be necessary for more severe cases. You may need medicine to keep the tapeworm from coming back.
Echinococcosis--An Emerging Parasite in the Immigrant Population by M Chrieki, M.D. (American Family Physician September 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020901/817.html)
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff