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MCQs in Tropical Medicine

Rob Skelly DTM+H FRCP

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Answer 95 - Praziquantel

Praziquantel is used in the treatment of:
False a. amoebiasis
False b. toxocariasis (visceral larva migrans)
True c. paragonimiasis (lung fluke)
False d. trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness)
True e. schistosomiasis

amoebiasis: metronidazole
toxocariasis: albendazole
African sleeping sickness: suramin or melarsaprol

Praziquantal is used to treat schistosomiasis, lung fluke and tropical liver fluke.
Side effects include minor gastrointestinal upset, giddiness and occasionally bloody diarrhoea.

Copyright: Rob Skelly 2006