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Doctor insights on: Parasitic Diseases Toxoplasmosis

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


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Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Why are parasitic diseases difficult to control?

Agree: Parasitic infections occur more commonly in 3rd world countries where financial resources and conditions are less than optimal in dealing with these conditions. ...Read more

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What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

What are some food-borne parasitic diseases that affect the body?

Ameba and giardia: The most common parasitic illnesses that are food borne in the us are giardiasis and amebiasis. They are mostly acquired during foreign travel. ...Read more

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What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

What are some consequences of a parasitic disease that stops the flow of lymph?

Lymphedema: Filariasis (wucheria bancrofti) is the parasite and the lympedema is quite severe. Chronic lymphedema cannot be cured although exercise, compression stocking etc.., may help. The worst consequence is lyphangiosarcoma which is a cancer. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some negative consequences of a parasitic disease that ceases flow of lymph into bloodstream?

Elephantiasis: Parasites such as micro filariae, clog up the lymphatic vessels, leading to the accumulation of fluids in the lower extremity. An example of a negative consequence of this accumulation is a condition called "elephantiasis". In other situations, the fluid backs up into the scrotum leading to massive scrotal swelling. ...Read more

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If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If toxoplasmosis test while pregnant didn't clearly indicate if infection was active or latent , should child(now 9) be tested? Signs of mood disorder.

If you're worried: Did he have serial toxoplasmosis-specific igg's and igm's done the first year of life? Igg titers drawn now won't define when he became positive; negative titers would be nice. Exams by a pediatric ophthalmologist, an audiologist, and a neurologist with brain mri, neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental exams would be requested by your son's primary pediatrician if titers are +. ...Read more

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