Trichinosis

  • Alternative Names

    Trichiniasis; Trichinellosis


    Treatment

    Mebendazole or albendazole can be used to treat infections in the intestines. There is no specific treatment for trichinosis once the larvae have invaded the muscles. The cysts remain viable for years. Pain killers can help relieve muscle soreness.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Most people with trichinosis have no symptoms and the infection goes away by itself. More severe infections may be more difficult to treat, especially if the lungs, the heart, or the brain is involved.


    Complications
    • Encephalitis
    • Heart failure
    • Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) from heart inflammation (myocarditis)
    • Pneumonia

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health provider if you have symptoms of trichinosis and recently ate undercooked or raw meat that might have been contaminated.