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For years.: Tape worm is general non-specific description. Precise description will throw more light. Two common types depending on geography are taenia solium & t. Saginata. They survive for years. The adult segmented tapeworms attach to the small intestine by their scolex and reside in the small intestine shedding the segments (proglottids) loaded with eggs. ...Read more
Stool testing: Looking for proglottids (segments) of the tapeworm or the eggs. ...Read more
Briefly: Usually the whole worm will not come out, but sometimes parts of the tapeworm, called proglottids, can come out of the anus. These essentially carry the tapeworm eggs but can crawl short distances before they disintegrate, leaving the eggs. You cannot get tapeworms from lying in a bed with tapeworms or tapeworm eggs fortunately. ...Read more
What is released (what is seen with the naked eye) when a tapeworm segment/egg is squeezed/crushed?
A can of worms!!: not a joke; the tapeworm is a marvel of function. Each segment (proglottid) progresses as the worm grows, becomes a hermaphroditic unit (meaning both male and female organs), fertilizes itself or is fertilized by other nearby worms) and becomes a gravid (eggs only) unit by the time is breaks off and is pooped out. What you squash is what you get!! ...Read more
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
I know that taenia solium is the tapeworm of pork but I want to know If taenia solium is a bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoan or a parasite? And why?
Zoonotic parasite: Taenia solium is the pork tapeworm belonging to cyclophyllid cestodes in the family Taeniidae. It is an intestinal zoonotic parasite found throughout the world, and is most prevalent in countries where pork is eaten. The adult worm is found in humans and has a flat, ribbon-like body, which is white in color and measures 2 to 3 m in length. Its distinct head, the scolex, contains suckers and a rostellum as organs of attachment. The main body, the strobila, consists of a chain of segments known as proglottids. Each proglottid is a complete reproductive unit; hence, the tapeworm is a hermaphrodite. It completes its life cycle in humans as the definitive host and pigs as intermediate host. It is transmitted to pigs through human faeces or contaminated fodder, and to humans through uncooked or undercooked pork. Pigs ingest embryonated eggs, morula, which develop into larvae, the oncospheres, and ultimately into infective larvae, cysticerci. A cyticercus grows into an adult worm in human small intestines. Infection is generally harmless and asymptomatic. However, accidental infection in humans by the larval stage causes cysticercosis. The most severe form is neurocysticercosis, which affects the brain and is a major cause of epilepsy. Human infection is diagnosed by the parasite eggs in the faeces. ...Read more
Infected: Can become infected.Many people who have tapeworms have no sxs other than seeing worms or worm parts with a bowel movement. Possible sxs/ signs can include: weight loss, loss of appetite or hunger, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & lethargy. It can lead to loss of important vitamins / minerals. In rare cases tapeworms have blocked intestines & damaged the eyes, heart, brain & liver. ...Read more
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