Top
10
Doctor insights on: Best South American Trypanosomiasis Program

Share
Dr. James Lin
32 doctors shared insights

Chagas Disease (Definition)

South American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease, is a parasitic infection that occurs in South America, Central America, and Mexico via insect bites. Early symptoms are mostly flu-like while long term consequences, if left untreated, include heart failure and difficulty swallowing. ...Read more


2

2
How long should south american trypanosomiasis last?

How long should south american trypanosomiasis last?

Chagas disease: South american trypanosomiasis, or chagas disease, has an acute phase followed 1-2 months later by a chronic phase which may last the person's lifetime. 60-80% of those chronically infected are not symptomatic. Even with treatment in the acute phase, the infection persists in most people, and they enter the chronic phase. ...Read more

3

3
What are the tests for south american trypanosomiasis?

What are the tests for south american trypanosomiasis?

Blood exam: The parasites of trypanosomiasis can be seen in a stained preparation of blood from the patient during the acute phase of the illness . By concentrating a feature called the buffy coat, the organism can be seen. If the patient passes into a chronic phase, serum tests are available at the cdc. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
1 doctor agreed:
4

4
What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
1 doctor agreed:
What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

SA Trypanosomiasis: Also called chagas disease. Is caused by parasites trypanosoma cruzi. Symptoms are fatigue, fever, large liver/spleen/lymph nodes, swelling on one side of an eye where bite occured, rash, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting. Several years later, may develop heart failure. ...Read more

5

5
How to treat south american trypanosomiasis quickly?

How to treat south american trypanosomiasis quickly?

Not sure...: Know you've been looking for an answer for a while. That said, I have only heard of the african variety of this disease. I would look for an infectious disease doctor who is well trained in the treatment of parasites. This could be a challenge in and of itself. Consider institutions who treat patients from abroad. Sorry i can't be of more help. ...Read more

6

6
What is the treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

Anti Parasite agent: In the us the medication benzanidazole (30-90 day course) & nifurtimox (90-120 day course ) are the two listed agents for this disorder. ...Read more

7

7
Any over-the-counter treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

No!: Chaga's disease (south african trypanosomiasis) is a very serious disease that should be treated by an expert. Trying to treat yourself with over-the-counter remedies is a bad idea. ...Read more

8

8
Which is worse: malaria or trypanosomiasis?

Which is worse: malaria or trypanosomiasis?

Both are bad: These very serious parasitic diseases are common in africa and elsewhere in the developing world. They can be treated with special medicines. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What exactly is trypanosomiasis?

What exactly is trypanosomiasis?

TRYPANOSOMIASIS: It is a parasitic infestation caused by trypanosoma cruzi in the americas and by tripanosoma brucei in africa. The 1st causes chagas's disease and the 2nd "sleeping sickness". Chagas affects heart, esophagus and large instestine as the parasite affects the heart muscle and the muscle of tge GI tract. Sleeping sickness affects the central nervous system causing lethargym sleepiness. ...Read more

10

10
Can someone tell me about trypanosomiasis?

Trypanosomiasis: West African trypanosomiasis (Gambian sleeping sickness) is caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense & approximately 12,000 new cases are reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) each year. Approximately 1,000 new cases of East African Trypanosomiasis (caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense) are reported to the WHO annually. People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in ...Read more