One of the most challenging aspects of rat lungworm disease is the lack of a standardized treatment protocol.
But that might have changed.
“We think we found a good recipe for helping these patients recover,” said Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman Elena Cabatu.
Dr. Jon Martell, the hospital’s medical director, described to the Tribune-Herald what might become known as the East Hawaii protocol for treatment of rat lungworm.
Any patient whose symptoms are severe enough to visit the emergency room, Martell said, needs high-dose intravenous steroids to reduce inflammation.
After two days of steroid treatment, deworming medication called albendazole should be used.