H. diminuta, the rat tapeworm, has a life cycle similar to the indirect cycle of Hymenolepis nana involving grain insects. H. diminuta is 20 to 60 cm in length. Human infection is usually asymptomatic, it but can cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms.
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