Hymenolepis diminuta can cause intestinal infection.
H. diminuta, the rat tapeworm, has a life cycle similar to the indirect cycle of H. nana, involving grain insects (see (Dwarf Tapeworm) Infection). H. diminuta rarely infects humans but can cause mild diarrhea.
Diagnosis is by finding characteristic eggs in stool.
Infection is effectively treated with praziquantel 25 mg/kg po once.
Last full review/revision August 2013 by Richard D. Pearson, MD
Content last modified October 2013