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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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

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Is there a difference between the compostion of bile that is in the gallbladder.And that drips from the liver into small intestine after gb surgery?

Is there a difference between the compostion of bile that is in the gallbladder.And that drips from the liver into small intestine after gb surgery?

Yes : Bile from gall bladder is more concentrated as much as 30 times, ( less water content ) will have mucous secreted by gall bladder, other than that functionally same, the chemical components are same , as much as 1500 cc or more bile enters the gut , most of bile enters the gut with out going through gb , also body handles with out compromising the normal physiology. ...Read more

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What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

What is the difference between primary and secondary liver cancer ?

Where cancer started: A primary liver cancer began in the liver. The original cell that turned cancerous was from the liver. A secondary liver cancer began somewhere else and spread to the liver. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound see difference between fatry liver and hepatitis?

Not alone: Although ultrasound results can be interpreted to imply some underlying diagnosis they cannot be taken without a full assessment of all other results, beginning with history, physical exam and lab studies. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between hepatoxicity and liver failure?

Information: Hepato toxicity is what happens to the liver in respons to a toxic substance. It is an acute process. An example is acute alcohol intoxication., or adverse drug reaction.Liver failure can be the end result of a toxic event. Tixic events often are reversible. Liver failure often ins not reversible, and can be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between liver pain and right chest pain?

I want to know what is the difference between liver pain and right chest pain?

Right sided abd pain: Liver pain and right lower chest pain will feel similar. Your doc will need to investigate your symptoms using your history, exam, laboratory testing, and imaging. There are several possibilities on your diagnostic list, cholecystitis, fatty liver, pleurisy, pneumonia, acute cardiac syndrome, pericarditis, and more..... ...Read more

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What is the difference between non-alcoholic atty liver disease and liver cirhosis?

12: Liver cirrhosis is the final result of all forms of liver injury which are commonly alcohol, hepatitis c, b, certain drugs etc. Non-alcoholic liver disease is another form of liver injury which is a result of excessive fat deposition in liver cells and can result in liver cirrhosis in later stages. In earlier stages it will be causing liver inflammation also known as steatohepatitis. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

How can you tell the difference between alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Historical: information will be of greatest value in the determination. Did the patient drink alcohol? ...Read more

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Among Hypoechoic, ISO to Hypoechoic, Hyperechoic, Isoechoic, which one gives best inference for US liver images. What is the difference between these ?

The echogenicity: of a structure is related to how much it reflects the ultrasound beam and thus creates echoes for the transducer to pick up. If it is very echogenic it looks bright on the screen, and if there are no echoes(anechoic) it is black. Hypoechoic means less echogenic than adjacent tissue(therefore darker), isoechoic means the same echogenicity, and hyperechoic means more echogenic(brighter). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a liver abscess and cirrhosis?

What is the difference between a liver abscess and cirrhosis?

Infection: Cirrhosis is scarring in the liver from chronic scarring over years of life. Liver disease associated with chronic inflammation and infection (primary scerosing cholangitis) can cause both abscess formation and scarring. Liver abscesses are pockets of infection within the liver substance and can certainly form without underlying liver disease or scarring. ...Read more

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What's the difference between fatty liver and elevated liver enzymes?

See below: Elevated liver enzymes indicate damage to liver cells usually from alcohol, hepatitis, and some medications. Fatty liver means accumulation of fat in liver cells, it can result from obesity, malnutrition, alcohol, other hapatotoxins like chloroform, and low blood supply to liver. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Need advice on what is the the difference between liver cancer and liver tumors?

Tumors are by: Definition anything that takes up space in the body. So tumors can be neoplasms, which can be either benign or malignant. Cancer is type of malignancy. It can spread both locally and to distant organs. Liver cancer is a type of malignant tumor of liver. ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What is the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Depends: Liver cancer can arise from cirrhosis which is called a primary liver cancer or hepatocellular cancer (HCC), or a secondary liver cancer meaning the cancer has come from somewhere else in the body (metastatic liver cancer). Either way, you need to see a liver specialist who can suggest options. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

What's the difference between a liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Scarring vs Cancer: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver without malignancy though it is a risk factor for liver cancer. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Is there any difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?

Yes: Cirrhosis from some causes (hepatitis b / c, hemochromatosis, less likely alcohol) can become complicated by primary liver cancer. Cirrhosis itself is bad scarring of the liver, while liver cancer is a clone of liver cells growing out of control and eventually learning to invade. ...Read more

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What is difference between echogenic and hypoechogenic liver lesions seen in ultrasound?

What is difference between echogenic and hypoechogenic liver lesions seen in ultrasound?

Those are: descriptive terms related to the appearance on ultrasound. "Echogenic" means it looks brighter than normal liver(because it reflects more of the US echoes), hypoechogenic means it looks darker. The terms are strictly descriptive, they don't necessarily imply any specific etiology of the lesions. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cyst and abcess on the Liver?

What's the difference between a cyst and abcess on the Liver?

Differences: A cyst is an abnormal sac of fluid. Most of the time we don't know what causes them(some are genetic), rarely some are parasite related. An abscess is collection of white blood cells(pus) that is infectious in nature. Most liver cysts can be left alone and never require drainage or surgical removal. Abscesses always require treatment which usually entails antibiotics and drainage. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between fatty liver and fatty liver disease?

NASH: Non alcoholic steato hepatitis: not just fat deposition in liver but associated inflammation. Can lead to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Has associated abnormal liver chemistry tests. A bigger deal than simple fatty liver. ...Read more

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What is the difference between liver hemangioma and Adenoma?

What is the difference between liver hemangioma and Adenoma?

Different origin: Hepatic adenoma is an uncommon benign liver tumor that is hormone induced most resulting from oral contraceptive use. . These tumours are usually solitary, arise from the hepatocytes, can convert to malignancy and have a tendency to hemorrhage. When multiple the condition is known as hepatic adenomatosis .Hemangiomas of liver are purely vascular lesions derived from hepatic blood supply ...Read more