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Wiad Parazytol. 1999;45(2):217-23.

[Up-dated progress in diagnosis and treatment of echinococcosis].

[Article in Polish]

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Akademia Medyczna im. Karola Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu 60-529 Poznań.


Diagnostic proces and choice of optimal management of cystic echinococcosis have to be related to the natural history of the parasite. The early and the late stages of invasion require a careful differential diagnosis with non-parasitic diseases. These are also the stages that many not require surgery. Chemotherapy, PAIR and "wait and observe approach" are alternative ways of cystic echinococcosis management. Em-18 WB test has a good diagnostic value in alveolar echinococcosis. Management of alveolar echinococcosis is based on radical surgery, prolonged chemotherapy and long-term observation.

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