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Year : 1983  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 123-127

Pulmonary Hydatidosis In India - An Overview

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M Anantaraman

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Hydatidosis is a strict zoonosis, man acquiring the infection from dogs harbouring Echinococcus granulosus. The numerous reports and surveys available from lndia reveal its occurrence in most of the States of which Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu predominate. Reports of Pulmonary hydatidosis from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are reviewed. Surgery is undoubtedly the sure method of cure for this parasitic disease and anthelmintics are of little value. Not enough is known of the epidemiology and epizootiology of hydatidosis in India. Preventive measures include observance of stricter hygienic standards, exercising of utmost caution in feeding dogs with meat and systematic medication of dogs with arecoline hydrobromide, the anthelmintic of choice. The application of advanced radiographic techniques and the collaboration of clinicians, surgeons and parasitologists in the country are urged in tackling the problem of pulmonary hydatidosis.

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