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Table 2 Diagnosis and treatment of the 11 patients with PPI

From: Retrospective study of pleural parasitic infestations: a practical diagnostic approach

Patient No. Parasite eggs (stool)/parasite) Parasite antibody Eos of PL/pleural biopsy/ lung biopsy Treatment Follow-up
1 Clonorchis sinensis N +/+/+ Albendazole + steroids 15 mth
2 N Taenia solium +/+/− Albendazole + Sapylin 12 mth
3 Sparganuma N +/+/No Praziquantel + steroids 12 mth
4 N Paragonimus westermani +/+/No Praziquantel + Antibiotic 6 mth
5 N Paragonimus westermani +/−/− Praziquantel + steroids 10 mth
6 N Paragonimus westermani +/−/No Praziquantel + antibiotic 8 mth
7 N Paragonimus westermani +/+/No Praziquantel 9 mth
8 N Taenia solium +/+/+ Praziquantel 9 mth
9 N Echinococcus granulosus +/+/− Praziquantel 5 mth
10 N Taenia solium +/+/No Praziquantel 5 mth
11 Clonorchis sinensis Clonorchis sinensis +/−/+ Praziquantel 8 mth
  1. a Parasite detected in pleural effusion
  2. Abbreviations: Eos, Eosinophils; mth, months; N, None; PL, Pleural effusion; PPI, Parasitic pleural infestation