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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. Michael Gabor
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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


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What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

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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

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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

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What is the treatment for south american trypanosomiasis?

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

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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

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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
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What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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

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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

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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