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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. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause mucus in BMs? How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Can IBS cause mucus in BMs?  How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Mucous in stool: Why are you considering IBS? If what you are seeing in your stool is truly mucous, then you could have inflammation of the lining or wall of the bowels. I doubt that you would have mucous in your stool and no other symptoms or signs whatsoever. If you do have a tapeworm infestation (which is uncommon in the U.S.), you could see proglottids in your stool, which look NOTHING like mucous. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between liver failure and dysfunction?

Yes: Failure is the end stage of liver illness. Patient tend to have bleeding, ascites (large belly), confusion, prone to infections. Dysfunction refers to alterations on liver level. The focus is to treat the condition (ie, alcoholism, hepatitis a-b-c, drug toxicity, gallstones, etc). Dysfuntion many time is reversible depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cirrhosis of the liver and scarring?

Severity: Scarring(fibrosis) of the liver is rate on a scale of 0-4. Stage 4 fibrosis is equivalent to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between jaundice and liver inflammation?

Is there a difference between jaundice and liver inflammation?

Yes: Jaundice is yellowish coloration of the eyes and skin, due to excess bilirubin in blood. This can occur without liver inlammation, e.G, bile duct obstruction. Inflammation of the liver usually causes jaundice but can exist without causing jaundice. ...Read more