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Danieli Urach Monteiro, Maria Isabel Azevedo, Carla Weiblen, Sônia DE Avila Botton, Nadine Lysyk Funk, Cristiane DE Bona DA Silva, Régis Adriel Zanette, Thiago Guilherme Schwanz, Mário Luiz DE LA Rue
Cystic echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease of difficult diagnosis and treatment. The use of protoscolicidal agents in procedures is of utmost importance for treatment success. This study was aimed at analysing the in vitro and ex vivo activity of Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil - TTO), its nanoemulsion formulation (NE-TTO) and its major component (terpinen-4-ol) against Echinococcus ortleppi protoscoleces obtained from cattle. Concentrations of 2·5, 5 and 10 mg mL-1 of TTO, 10 mg mL-1 of NE-TTO and 1, 1·5 and 2 mg mL-1 of terpinen-4-ol were evaluated in vitro against protoscoleces at 5, 10, 15 and 30 min...
October 20, 2016: Parasitology
Muhsin Nuh Aybay, Ibrahim Guler, Ozgur Oner, Suleyman Baktik, Ali Fuat Tekin
Hydatid cyst is an endemically seen parasitic disease and caused by the larval form of Echinococcus parasites. The disease is mostly seen in liver and lung, and the other involvement is rarely seen. Head and neck involvement is extremely rarely seen and its frequency in the literature is reported as less than 1%. It is usually asymptomatic and the symptoms are related to the compression to the adjacent structures. In this paper, the authors report a patient of hydatid cyst localized in the posterior cervical region...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Mehmet Yaman, Ahmet Hakan Ates, Ugur Arslan, Hasan Ozturk, Aytekin Aksakal
Cyst hydatid disease is an infectious disease caused by development of the larval form of Echinococcus granulosus in humans. Cardiac involvement of this disease is a rare condition, and if present, it is most commonly located in the left ventricle. Interventricular septal involvement is observed only in 4% of these cases. Herein, we report a case of cyst hydatid located at interventricular septum causing chest pain and ventricular tachycardia during cesarean section.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Miriam Maas, Sanne van den End, Annika van Roon, Jaap Mulder, Frits Franssen, Cecile Dam-Deisz, Margriet Montizaan, Joke van der Giessen
The recent invasion of the raccoon dog in the Netherlands may be associated with the risk of introduction and spread of zoonotic pathogens. The aim of this study was to assess whether Echinococcus multilocularis and Trichinella spp. infections are present in Dutch raccoon dogs. Between 2013 and 2014, nine raccoon dogs, mainly road kills, were collected for necropsies. One raccoon dog tested repeatedly positive in the qPCR for E. multilocularis. The positive raccoon dog was collected in the province of Flevoland, which is not a known endemic region for E...
December 2016: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
Jenny Knapp, Benoît Combes, Gérald Umhang, Soufiane Aknouche, Laurence Millon
Echinococcus multilocularis, a cestode parasite responsible for alveolar echinococcosis in humans, is often reported in Europe. It involves red foxes, domestic dogs, and domestic and wild cats as definitive hosts. The parasite infects small mammals and accidentally humans as intermediate hosts and develops in a similar way to a tumor, usually in the liver. Domestic animals are suspected of playing a role in parasite transmission, but this is rarely proven. Moreover, the role of domestic cats is thought to be small, because of experimental studies showing incomplete development of the parasite observed in their intestines...
2016: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Mehtab Alam, Syed-Abrar Hasan, Shahab-Farkhund Hashmi
INTRODUCTION: Hydatid disease caused by larval stage of Echinococcus has been recognized endemically in many countries. Liver and lungs are the most commonly affected organs. Involvement of the head and neck region is rare and bony erosion due to hydatidosis is even rarer. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 17-year-old girl from a poor socio-economic background who presented with a right sided supraclavicular lump, which after surgical excision and histopathological examination was diagnosed as hydatid cyst of neck...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Whitni K Redman, Jay E Bryant, Gul Ahmad
AIM: This survey was carried out on the carcasses of 29 coyotes from Southeastern Nebraska and Shenandoah area of Iowa to document the helminths present in the intestinal track of these carnivorous animals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 29 adult coyote carcasses were generously donated in the autumn and winter (November-February) of 2014-2015 by trappers, fur buyers and hunters of Southeast Nebraska and Shenandoah area of Iowa. The intestine of individual animals were examined for the recovery of helminth parasites as per the established procedures...
September 2016: Veterinary World
Memmet Mihmanli, Ufuk Oguz Idiz, Cemal Kaya, Uygar Demir, Ozgur Bostanci, Sinan Omeroglu, Emre Bozkurt
Echinococcus granulosus (E. granulosus) and Echinococcus multilocularis (E. multilocularis) infections are the most common parasitic diseases that affect the liver. The disease course is typically slow and the patients tend to remain asymptomatic for many years. Often the diagnosis is incidental. Right upper quadrant abdominal pain, hepatitis, cholangitis, and anaphylaxis due to dissemination of the cyst are the main presenting symptoms. Ultrasonography is important in diagnosis. The World Health Organization classification, based on ultrasonographic findings, is used for staging of the disease and treatment selection...
October 8, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Brian Lassen, Marilin Janson, Arvo Viltrop, Kädi Neare, Pirje Hütt, Irina Golovljova, Lea Tummeleht, Pikka Jokelainen
We investigated Estonian population and its selected subgroups for serological evidence of exposure to Ascaris lumbricoides, Echinococcus spp., Taenia solium, Toxocara canis, Toxoplasma gondii, and Trichinella spiralis. Serum samples from 999 adults representing general population, 248 children aged 14-18, 158 veterinarians, 375 animal caretakers, and 144 hunters were tested for specific immunoglobulin G antibodies against the selected parasites using commercial enzyme immunoassays (ELISA). Sera yielding positive or twice grey zone Echinococcus spp, T...
2016: PloS One
Fernando Revoredo Rego, José De Vinatea De Cárdenas, Gustavo Reaño Paredes, Luis Villanueva Alegre, Fritz Kometter Barrios, Jorge Tang Sing, Mónica Uribe León, Landeo Italo Aliaga, José Arenas Gamio
: Hydatid disease is a parasitic infestation caused by Echinococcus and is endemic in many areas of the world. Hydatid cysts are commonly located in the liver and lung. Pancreas affection is very rare even in endemic areas. CASE REPORT: 36-year-old female with the suspicion of hydatid disease of the pancreas 5 years before her admission. The patient gave history of epigastric pain and weight lose. CT scan and MRI showed a cystic lesion of the tail of the pancreas and the diagnosis of hydatid disease was confirmed with ELIZA and Western Blot...
July 2016: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
Silvia Viviana Soriano, María Florencia Debiaggi, Nora Beatriz Pierangeli, Luis Alfredo Pianciola, Héctor Fabián Jesús Bergagna, Lorena Evelina Lazzarini, Melina Leonor Mazzeo, Juan Angel Basualdo
Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato (E. granulosus sl) must be considered as a species complex, comprising Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto (E. granulosus ss, genotypes G1-G3), Echinococcus equinus (G4), Echinococcus ortleppi (G5) and Echinococcus canadensis (G6-G10) although the species status of E. canadensis is still controversial. These genotypes closely match the intermediate hosts associated strains described in earlier times among which E. canadensis G6 corresponds to the camel strain. As there are no studies concerning the development of adult stages of the G6 genotype from non-camel origin, the aims of the present study were: to characterize for the first time the development of E...
September 15, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
Antti Oksanen, Mar Siles-Lucas, Jacek Karamon, Alessia Possenti, Franz J Conraths, Thomas Romig, Patrick Wysocki, Alice Mannocci, Daniele Mipatrini, Giuseppe La Torre, Belgees Boufana, Adriano Casulli
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to provide a systematic review on the geographical distribution of Echinococcus multilocularis in definitive and intermediate hosts in the European Union (EU) and adjacent countries (AC). The relative importance of the different host species in the life-cycle of this parasite was highlighted and gaps in our knowledge regarding these hosts were identified. METHODS: Six databases were searched for primary research studies published from 1900 to 2015...
September 28, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Jerome B Taxy, William E Gibson, Michael W Kaufman
Echinococcus is the smallest of the major tapeworms. Humans are incidental hosts who become infected by exposure to soil contaminated with ova from the feces of the canine definitive hosts. The major species are E. granulosus (cystic echinococcosis) and E. multilocularis (alveolar or sylvatic echinococcosis), both common worldwide but unusual and not reportable in the United States. Human disease is characterized by slowly growing visceral cystic masses often containing daughter cysts and hydatid sand. In nonendemic areas, the clinical evaluation includes imaging, serology, and surgery; metastatic tumor is a major consideration...
September 26, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Zeynep Sener Bahce, Sami Akbulut, Ulas Aday, Firat Demircan, Ayhan Senol
AIM: To provide an overview of the medical literature on cutaneous fistulization in patients with hydatid disease (HD). METHODS: According to PRISMA guidelines a literature search was made in PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar, and Google databases were searched using keywords to identify articles related to cutaneous fistulization of the HD. Keywords used were hydatid disease, hydatid cyst, cutaneous fistulization, cysto-cutaneous fistulization, external rupture, and external fistulization...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Teivi Laurimäe, Liina Kinkar, Vanessa Andresiuk, Karen Luisa Haag, Francisco Ponce-Gordo, Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, Teresa Garate, Luis Miguel Gonzàlez, Urmas Saarma
Echinococcus granulosus is a taeniid cestode and the etiological agent of an infectious zoonotic disease known as cystic echinococcosis (CE) or hydatid disease. CE is a serious public health concern in many parts of the world, including the Americas, where it is highly endemic in many regions. Echinococcus granulosus displays high intraspecific genetic variability and is divided into multiple genotypes (G1-G8, G10) with differences in their biology and etiology. Of these, genotype G1 is responsible for the majority of human and livestock infections and has the broadest host spectrum...
September 19, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Yumei Liu, Gulizhaer Abudounnasier, Taochun Zhang, Xuelei Liu, Qian Wang, Yi Yan, Jianbing Ding, Hao Wen, Delixiati Yimiti, Xiumin Ma
To investigate the potential role of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 in liver fibrosis during Echinococcus granulosus infection, 96 BALB/c mice were randomly divided into 2 groups, experimental group infected by intraperitoneal injection with a metacestode suspension and control group given sterile physiological saline. The liver and blood samples were collected at days 2, 8, 30, 90, 180, and 270 post infection (PI), and the expression of TGF-β1 mRNA and protein was determined by real-time quantitative RT-PCR and ELISA, respectively...
August 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
Julia Fabbri, Marina A Maggiore, Patricia E Pensel, Guillermo M Denegri, Liesel B Gende, María C Elissondo
Currently, benzimidazoles are used as chemotherapeutic agents and as a complement to surgery and PAIR in the treatment of cystic echinococcosis (CE). They are generally applied at high doses causing side effects and, 50% of cases do not respond favorably to such chemotherapy. The use of essential oils obtained by distillation from aromatic plants would be an effective alternative or complementary to the synthetic compounds, because would not bring the appearance of side effects. Carvacrol and his isomer thymol are the main phenolic components from essential oils of Origanum vulgare (oregano) and Thymus vulgaris (thyme)...
September 17, 2016: Acta Tropica
Marziyeh Naseri, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Adel Spotin, Nagibeh Asl Rahnemaii Akbari, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Ehsan Ahmadpour
Treatment failures of human cystic echinococcosis (CE) with albendazole (ABZ) have attributed to its low solubility and poor drug absorption rate, resulting in low drug level in plasma. The scolicidal effects of ABZ-loaded liposome nanoparticles have recently evaluated; however, these particles have several challenges due to their low encapsulated load. This investigation was designed to evaluate and compare in vitro apoptotic activities of ABZ sulfoxide (ABZs) and ABZs-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA)-PEG against protoscoleces (PSCs)...
September 14, 2016: Parasitology Research
Bedros Taslakian, Houssein Darwish
Hydatid disease (echinococcosis) is a worldwide zoonosis produced by the larval stage of the Echinococcus tapeworm. The disease is endemic in many parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South America and central and south Europe. Intracranial hydatid disease is considered a rare disease and may be sometimes very difficult to diagnose based on the clinical and laboratory findings. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the condition and the imaging findings even in the non-endemic parts of the world...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Mohamed E Ahmed, Mawahib H Eldigail, Fatima M Elamin, Ibtisam A Ali, Martin P Grobusch, Imadeldin E Aradaib
BACKGROUND: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) or hydatidosis, caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus (EG)-complex, is a neglected parasitic disease of public health importance. The disease is endemic in many African and Mediterranean countries including the Sudan. The objective of the present study was to develop and evaluate a real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for simple and rapid detection of CE in humans and domestic live stock in Sudan. METHODS: A set of six LAMP primers, designed from the mitochondrial NADH-1 gene of EG cattle strain of genotype 5 (G5), was used as a target for LAMP assay...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
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