Clinical management of cystic echinococcosis: State of the art, problems, and perspectives

Thomas Junghanss, Antonio Menezes Da Silva, John Horton, Peter L. Chiodini, Enrico Brunetti

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Abstract

Clinical management of cystic echinococcosis (CE) has evolved over decades without adequate evaluation of important features such as efficacy, effectiveness, rate of adverse reactions, relapse rate, and cost. CE occurs in health care environments as different as Europe/North America and resource-poor countries of the South and the East. This creates setting-specific problems in the management of patients. Furthermore, studies carried out in either of the two fundamentally different environments lack external validity, i.e., results obtained in one setting may be different from those in the other and practices that can work in one may not be applicable to the other. In this paper, we review the current management procedures of CE with particular emphasis on the evidence base and setting-specific problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume79
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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