Haycocknema perplexum

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Haycocknema perplexum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Enoplea
Order: Muspiceida
Family: Robertdollfusidae
Genus: Haycocknema
Species: H. perplexum
Binomial name
Haycocknema perplexum

Haycocknema perplexum are nematodes which reside in tissues under the skin or in blood vessels.[1] The origin of these parasites and their natural hosts are not known at this time.[1] This group is around 8% of nematode species which affect vertebrates.[1] Clinical symptoms of this parasite include eosinophilia and high levels of creatine kinase.[1] While rare with only five documented cases in Australia, this parasite can become fatal if untreated due to the muscles of the respiratory system becoming unable to function properly.[1]

The treatment for this parasite is 400 mg of Abendazole.[2] This broad spectrum medication is an antihelmintic drug that can treat diseases by impairing the parasite's ability to absorb glucose, resulting in its death.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Haycocknema perplexum:" (PDF). Wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au. March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Albendazole". PubChem. 
  1. Haycocknema perplexum: [Internet]. Wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au. 2018 [cited 26 March 2018]. Available from: https://www.wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au/Portals/0/Documents/FactSheets/Public%20health/Haycocknema%20perplexum%20Mar%202008%20(1.1).pdf
  2. Albendazole [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 26 March 2018]. Available from: https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/albendazole#section=Top