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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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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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 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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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

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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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What happens to the plasma membrane of the red blood cells of humans with liver disease to cause the formation of acanthocytes? Thank you.

What happens to the plasma membrane of the red blood cells of humans with liver disease to cause the formation of acanthocytes? Thank you.

Change in lipids: The liver is responsible for general metabolism in the body, and the plasma membrane has a complex collection of lipids that are responsible for its "fluidity" and shape. It is believed that the apolipoproteins are abnormal in liver disease and cause fragility of the rbc membrane causing fragmentation and formation of acanthocytes. See also: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/acanthocyte. ...Read more

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Are there methods to control the spread of liver flukes in humans?

Are there methods to control the spread of liver flukes in humans?

Sanitation: Flukes come from contaminated water and food. Avoid wading in dirty waters, cook food thoroughly, drink filtered water. ...Read more

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How do liver flukes harm their human host?

How do liver flukes harm their human host?

Injury over time: Liver flukes cause chronic inflammation of the biliary system which can over time lead to scarring or abnormal tissues/cells or other problems. Chronic liver fluke infection increase the risks for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), gallstones, pancreatitis, liver abscess, and other problems of the biliary tract. ...Read more

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Can liver disease be helped with sulfasalazine, will this treatment be used on humans if it proves itself?

Only if...: Regional enteritis and crohn's can be associated with episodic hepatitis in a few patients. Sfz can control both, but only in the small intestine. But case reports suggest improvement with the liver issues, usually paralleling succesful therapy of the small bowel inflammation. ...Read more