Liver Flukes Treatment & Symptoms To Look Out For

Treatment

Fascioliasis is a condition that can be treated with ease. The medicine of choice is triclabendazole, and it is normally taken by mouth in one or two doses. The majority of patients respond favorably to the treatment.

Bithionol is used to treat fluke infections with Fasciola hepatica, and it is well absorbed orally. Adverse reactions are mild (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes) but relatively common (approximately 30%). Raw watercress and other water plants, especially from endemic grazing areas, might be avoided as a precaution. Travelers to locations with low sanitation should avoid tainted food and drink at all costs. There is no vaccination available to protect patients from Fasciola.

In cases of acute cholangitis due to Fasciola, broad-spectrum antibiotics are the standard treatment, along with close monitoring to determine whether emergency biliary tree decompression is required. Patients who are vomiting may benefit from a nasogastric tube, and patients should consume nothing orally.

Written by Greg M. Wilcox

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