Parasitologia hungarica

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Author(s): Fazakas, B., Kelemen, L., Kerestély, J., Pápai, B. & Balogh, Gy.
Title: Klinikai megfigyelések emberi galandférgességben
Title: Clinical observations in human Cestodoses
Year: 1969
Volume: 2
Pages: 195-208.

Abstract: During 1961-1968 3899 patients hospitalized at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Tirgu-Mures (Romania) were treated to different parasitic infections. Of them 224 patients (166 women and 58 men) were infected with tapeworms (mainly T. saginata). 73.4 per cent of the infected persons were older than 20 years (Fig. 1). An analyse of the tapeworm infected patients according to their profession revealed a maximum distribution of the infection (23.3 per cent) in mistresses (Table 2). Because the majority of the infected persons is woman over 20, the infection is most likely to occur in the course of mistress activity. No clinical symptoms were found only in 20 per cent of infected persons. Of the general symptoms of the gastrointestinal system nausea (46.2 per cent), vomiting, swelling, bad taste in the mouth increased salivation and furred tongue were observed (Table 3). Spontaneous pain in the abdomen was more frequent (69.6 per cent) than abdominal pain provoked by examination only (38.3 per cent). Diarrhoea and obstipation were also common symptoms. From toxico-allergic symptoms headache was most frequently found (71.1 per cent), furthermore giddiness, urticaria, nervousness, unquiet dream, insomnia and itching of the nose and skin (Table 4). Spasms observed in two patients resembled to the “petit mal” syndrome. Loss of body weight was shawn in 39.3 per cent of infected persons in association with bad or unchanged appetite, while 18 patients showed weight gain due to increased appetite. For therapy five different kinds of treatments were used with the following results (Table 5): 1. Atebrin intraduodenally (71 patient, 71.4 per cent efficacy); 2. Atebrin perorally (21 patient, 42.7 per cent efficacy); 3. Atebrin and pumkin seed extract perorally (34 patients, 67.6 per cent efficacy); 4. pumkin seed extract perorally (ll patients, 45.4 per cent efficacy); 5. Yomesan (Bayer) perorally (56 patients, 73.0 per cent efficacy). Authors recommend Yomesan for the therapy of human tapeworm infection.

Journal: Parasitologia Hungarica
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ISSN: 0303-688X
Publisher: Népművelési Propaganda Iroda, Budapest
Editor(s): Kassai, T., Nemes, I. & Kralovánszky, A.