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Diphyllobothrium latum

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Key Points

  • Diphyllobothrium latum
    • Characteristics
      • Also known as the “fish tapeworm”
      • Type of cestode (tapeworm) parasite
    • Transmission
      • Ingestion of larvae in raw freshwater fish
        • Consumption of sushi, sashimi, ceviche are risks
        • Prevented by cooking or properly freezing fish
    • Presentation: Diphyllobothriasis
      • Vitamin B12 deficiency
        • Tapeworm consumes and competes for B12 in intestine
        • Results in megaloblastic anemia
    • Diagnosis
      • Stool O&P
        • Proglottids (tapeworm sections) and eggs in stool
    • Treatment
      • Praziquantel
      • Niclosamide is second-line