II. Epidemiology

  1. Occasionally seen in toddlers

III. Cause

  1. Dog or cat Tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum)

IV. Transmission

  1. Tapeworm carried by fleas
  2. Dogs and cats swallow adult fleas and acquire Tapeworm
  3. Child accidentally swallows flea while playing with pet

V. Symptoms

  1. Usually asymptomatic

VI. Signs

  1. Motile worm segments (proglottids) on stool or perianal
    1. Appear as cucumber seeds when fresh
    2. Appear as rice grains when dry

VII. Management

  1. Praziquantel (Biltricide) 5-10 mg/kg for 1 dose

VIII. Prevention

  1. Flea control
  2. Regular worming of pets

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Ontology: Infection by Dipylidium caninum (C0392661)

Concepts Disease or Syndrome (T047)
MSH D002590
ICD10 B71.1 , B67.4
SnomedCT 187155000, 187154001, 9444005
English Dipylidiases, Infection by Dipylidium caninum, dipylidiasis (diagnosis), dipylidiasis, Dog tapeworm (infection), dogs tapeworms, dog tapeworm, tapeworm dog, Dipylidiasis (disorder), Dog tapeworm infection, Dipylidiosis, Infection by Dipylidium caninum (disorder), dog tapeworm; infection, Dipylidiasis, Dog tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum infection, Dipylidium infection
Portuguese Dipilidíase
Spanish Dipilidiasis, dipilidiasis, dipilidiosis, infección por Dipylidium caninum (trastorno), infección por Dipylidium caninum, infección por tenia en los perros
German Dipylidiasis, Dipylidiose
Korean 개조충증
Czech dipylidióza
Dutch hondenlintworm; infectie, Dipylidiasis