Hymenolepis diminuta Infection
Hymenolepis diminuta is a tapeworm that can cause intestinal infection.
(See also Overview of Tapeworm Infection.)
H. diminuta, the rat tapeworm, has a life cycle similar to the indirect cycle of H. nana, involving grain insects. H. diminuta rarely infects humans but can cause mild diarrhea.
Diagnosis is by finding characteristic eggs in stool.
H. diminuta infection is effectively treated with
Alternatives include nitazoxanide and niclosamide (not available in the US).
For nitazoxanide, dosage is
For niclosamide, dosage is