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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

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Chagas Disease (Definition)

Also called South American trypanosomiasis, this 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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Need help with  south american trypanosomiasis?

Chagas Disease: Chagas disease, also known as american trypanosomiasis, is caused by infection with the protozoan parasite trypanosoma cruzi. Depending on the stage of the infection, you may need to see the following types of doctor: infectious diseases specialist, cardiologist and cardiac surgeon (10-30% of people get heart problems), gastroenterologist (some get GI problems). ...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

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What are the symptoms associated with south american trypanosomiasis?

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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