Hydatidosis

Cystic echinococcosis, Hydatidosis myositis, Echinococcosis myositis, Echinococcosis

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Hydatidosis is disease that is caused by a tapeworm. Hydatidosis is more common in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, South America, and in rare cases, North America. The tapeworm typically lives in the intestines of dogs and so humans can contract it if they have close contact with a dog that has it. It can also be contracted through ingesting food, water, or soil that has the tapeworm.

Once the parasite is in the body it takes many years to develop, and eventually forms cysts containing the tapeworm. The cysts usually appear on the liver, but can also occur on the lungs, kidneys, spleen, or other organs. Cysts usually cannot be detected until 10 to 20 years after the parasite enters the body. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with this condition, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options and resources.

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