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Can you tell me how could i know if i had a tapeworm?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Medical assessment: Tapeworm symptoms: GI tapeworm infection symptoms may include: weight loss, weakness, decreased appetite, nausea, loose stools and abdominal pain. Invasive tapeworm infection symptoms: fever, cysts, seizures (other neurologic or allergic sxs). Diagnosis is made by medical eval & testing. Testing includes Stool sample analysis, Testing blood for antibodies & radiologic imaging of cysts.
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Weight loss: This is a common symptom. Your doctor may also be able to diagnose anemia along with it.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Medical assessment: Diagnosis is made by medical eval & testing. Testing includes Stool sample analysis, Testing blood for antibodies & radiologic imaging of cysts. There may be no symptoms w Tapeworm. GI tapeworm infection sxs may include: weight loss, weakness, decreased appetite, nausea, loose stools & abdominal pain. Invasive tapeworm infection symptoms: fever, cysts, seizures (other neurologic or allergic sxs)

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