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How common is malnutrition with a tapeworm parasites?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Tapeworms: Malnutrition is common with tapeworm parasites, as the tapeworm lives and grows by siphoning off nutrients from the human host. Also tapeworms can cause symptoms that cause the human host intestinal problems that decrease food consumption.
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Uncommon in the USA: This is a cause of malnutrition in many parts of the world especially in third world countries.

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