[New findings on echinococcosis]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1986 Jun 14;116(24):810-7.
[Article in German]


The following new aspects of cystic and alveolar echinococcosis (= infections with the metacestode stages of Echinococcus granulosus and E. multilocularis respectively) are reported: identification of a Swiss E. granulosus isolate as "cattle strain" which differs from the "sheep strain"; new observations on proliferation and metastasis formation of larval E. multilocularis; information on chemotherapy of human echinococcosis; recent developments in immunoserology. The latter includes a new technique for serological differential diagnosis of cystic and alveolar echinococcosis, the determination of parasite-specific immunoglobulin classes (IgG, IgM, IgA and IgE) and circulating antigens in ELISA, and the introduction of arc-5 detection in routine serodiagnosis. A highly purified, species-specific antigen from E. multilocularis is now available for seroepidemiological studies.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anthelmintics / therapeutic use
  • Antibodies / analysis
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex / analysis
  • Antigens, Helminth / immunology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Echinococcosis / diagnosis*
  • Echinococcosis / drug therapy
  • Echinococcosis / epidemiology
  • Echinococcus / immunology
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Techniques
  • Switzerland


  • Anthelmintics
  • Antibodies
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • Antigens, Helminth