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Found something worm like in feces. Did notlook like tapeworm and wasnt moving. It was about 3 inches long. Could it be from food.
Worm or mucus?: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum. At the very least stool studies & probably a sigmoidoscopy should be considered, but a more extensive evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more
Is it possible to pass sac-like objects on a stool that look like tapeworm eggs (golden, firm, etc.) but are not? If so, what are the possibilities?
Tapeworm unlikely: I'm pretty sure you're the same person who has asked several questions about tapeworm, cats, and things you have seen in your stool or your cat's feces. In the US, human tapeworm infestation is rare, and cat tapeworm is espcially unlikley to infect humans. But see your doctor if you remain concerned. A simple stool "ova and parasites" test will tell for sure whether or not you have it. ...Read more
No: Presence of tapeworm parts or ova confirms its presence in the intestines. ...Read more
If you haven't had any signs of a tapeworm since 'segments' in stool (untreated) at 12, could it have been inside all this time although no signs?
Tapeworm: Yes definitely. Tapeworms infection must be treated for a cure. Just because you do not see segments does not mean its gone. Have the stools sent for analysis and get some medication for it. ...Read more
If you have a tapeworm how often will you see the segments? Everyday? And will they completely cover the stool so that it looks speckled?
Tapeworms: Depending upon which tapeworm you may or may not see segments, and when you do they should be obvious. These are so uncommon in the USA that you really need some exposure risk to be concerned about this. If you see one, take it with a stool specimen to your doctor so that it can be examined in the laboratory. It is important to know which tapeworm because some have risks outside of the intestine. ...Read more
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