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Doctor insights on: Human Liver Fluke Symptoms

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Dr. Shaym Puppala Dr. Puppala
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What causes humans to get liver fluke disease?

What causes humans to get liver fluke disease?

Contaminated food: Infection with liver fluke parasites can happen after consumption of contaminated undercooked/uncooked fish. There are some liver flukes that can contaminate watercress, parsley, and alfalfa; the contamination comes from sheep and cows in that case.

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Holly Barth Dr. Barth
General Practice
5 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are the symptoms of chinese liver fluke infection?

What are the symptoms of chinese liver fluke infection?

See below: Pain in the right upper side of the abdomen, fever, and chills. The symptoms are very vague, therefore a physician would definitely have to diagnose this. It is a very rare infection.

Dr. Keegan Duchicela Dr. Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How would you know if you have a liver fluke?

How would you know if you have a liver fluke?

Fecal test.: A diagnosis is made when a lucky pathologist gets to examine the little critters (or their eggs) in a stool sample. Symptoms of a liver fluke include having smelly, fatty stools (the flukes disrupt and/or eat bile which digests fats), jaundice, fever. A serious complication is cancer of the bile tract. See your doctor, especially if you've traveled to asia (flukes are endemic there).

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are a tapeworm and a liver fluke?

What are a tapeworm and a liver fluke?

Fluke / Tapeworm: Liver Flukes are trematodes that can infect the liver, bile ducts & gallbladder of mammals. Tape worm can infect intestines or can be invasive & effect other parts of body. Both are parasites.

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Is there a difference between a tapeworm and a liver fluke?

Is there a difference between a tapeworm and a liver fluke?

Yes: Some worms head for the liver but some (like tapeworms) are content to live in the intestine and consume the food you eat. Liver flukes rely more on the processed nutrients in fresh blood.

Dr. Angelica Balingit Dr. Balingit
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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Are there methods to control the spread of liver flukes in humans?

Are there methods to control the spread of liver flukes in humans?

Sanitation: Flukes come from contaminated water and food. Avoid wading in dirty waters, cook food thoroughly, drink filtered water.

Dr. Shaym Puppala Dr. Puppala
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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How do liver flukes harm their human host?

How do liver flukes harm their human host?

Injury over time: Liver flukes cause chronic inflammation of the biliary system which can over time lead to scarring or abnormal tissues/cells or other problems. Chronic liver fluke infection increase the risks for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), gallstones, pancreatitis, liver abscess, and other problems of the biliary tract.

Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Can you tell me this: 1. Is raw milk a carrier for intestinal, lung, or liver flukes that can live in humans?

Can you tell me this: 1. Is raw milk a carrier for intestinal, lung, or liver flukes that can live in humans?

FDA warning!: Raw milk is milk from cows, sheep, or goats that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses. Ref: https://www.fda.gov/Food/resourcesForYou/consumers/ucm079516.htm

Dr. Denny Rodenberg Dr. Rodenberg
Surgery
27 years in practice
Oral Roberts University School of Medicine
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What type of environments have liver flukes?

What type of environments have liver flukes?

Freshwater fish, veg: Clonorchis sinensis (or opisthorchis sinensis), also known as the chinese liver fluke, is endemic in the far east, particularly in china, japan, taiwan, vietnam, and korea; it is also endemic in far eastern russia [1, 2]. F. Hepatica occurs mainly in sheep-rearing areas of temperate climates, particularly in parts of central and south america, europe, china, africa, and the middle east [2].

Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres Dr. Martinez-torres
Pathology
29 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Is it possible for you to get cirrhosis from liver flukes?

Is it possible for you to get cirrhosis from liver flukes?

Possible: Liver flukes and other liver parasites will lead to inflammation which may lead to cirrhosis if left untreated.

Dr. Brian Dooreck Dr. Dooreck
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
19 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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Hard bits of (something) in stool. If it were liver flukes or worms it wouldn't brake apart would it?

Hard bits of (something) in stool. If it were liver flukes or worms it wouldn't brake apart would it?

Stool: Would suspect issue is constipation if hard stools. See your pcp or GI to have stool tested if concerned of parasites. Read more at www. Browardgi. Com.

Dr. Yelena Kipervas Dr. Kipervas
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have rolled up red material in my stool. Almost like tomato skin rolled up. Apparently this is typical of liver flukes?

I have rolled up red material in my stool. Almost like tomato skin rolled up. Apparently this is typical of liver flukes?

Plan: Please check your diet. Quality of stool depend on daily food significantly. If this a fresh blood you need to see a doctor. Please, make appointment and observe yourself before going to the doctor., that you can give him proper description. Of your problem.

Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis) Dr. Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
Addis Ababa University Gondar College of Medical Sciences
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What is some symptoms if something is wrong with your liver?

None to many: Some liver problems do not have any symptom at all and found accidentally. Common liver problem presentations are nausea, vomiting, weakens, yellow urine, eye and skin. Sometimes, itching. When liver disease advance, you may have distended belly due to fluid in the peritoneum. There are numerous signs and symptoms depending on the cause and the effect it has on various organ -system.

Dr. Kristel Hunt Dr. Hunt
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
19 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What symptoms would I have if my liver wasn't functioning right? Come one come all or on and off?

What symptoms would I have if my liver wasn't functioning right? Come one come all or on and off?

Wide variation: So many symptoms can be associated with liver disease... but early on, fatigue, abdominal pain/tenderness, musculoskeletal pains probably most common. With more advanced liver disease, jaundice (yellow eyes/skin), swelling in legs and abdomen, higher risk of bleeding. Usually persistent/ progressive sxs rather than off and on - but there are always exceptions as well.

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Dr. Raj Borade Dr. Borade
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
15 years in practice
Bombay University, Dr D. Y. Patil Medical College
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Symptoms of liver disease?

Symptoms of liver disease?

Multiple symptoms: Liver disease has a multitude of symptoms. In the early phases it can be nonspecific like tiredness, lack of appetite ; energy, distaste for cigarettes, yellowish discolouration of eyes ; urine. With increasing loss of liver function, 1) fluid retention (belly/ankle swelling, 2) mental changes (confusion), 3) bleeding from the mouth or rectum, on in the skin. Hope this helps.

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Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Symptoms of liver regeneration?

I agree however: I agree w/the previous answer, however we need more information. If you are asking about being a donor or recipient of a living donor liver transplant, the liver can regenerate back to nearly a full size liver in about 6 weeks depending on many factors. In general, with this situation, lab tests can be followed to see how much "liver regeneration" is occurring; you should start feeling stronger.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are sorosis of the liver symptoms

Cirrhosis: Weakness, decreased appetite, weight loss, nose bleeds. More serious are jaundice, confusion, impotence, swelling of abdomen & legs.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of liver cyrohsis?

Nonspecific: Often it's picked when a person simply feels unwell, on physical exam or labs.

Dr. Robert Rahimi Dr. Rahimi
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
5 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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What can cause a fatty liver in a human?

What can cause a fatty liver in a human?

Depends: Fatty liver is usually diagnosed with an ultrasound showing fat deposits in the liver. Usually liver enzymes are elevated (ALT and AST). Most people with fatty liver are overweight, so weight loss is the curative treatment. Diet and exercise is crucial in achieving substantial weight loss. Avoid supplements that causes weight loss. Also certain medications and alcohol can result in fatty liver.