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Is extreme weight loss common in adults with tapeworm?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Probably not

A tapeworm is a parasite that must live inside another person or animal.
A "smart" tapeworm wants his host to stay alive because if the host dies, the tapeworm dies. It is not in a tapeworm's best interests for his host to have extreme weight loss. That kind of weight loss could also be from cancers, chronic infections, unusual digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, thyroid disorders, etc...

In brief: Probably not

A tapeworm is a parasite that must live inside another person or animal.
A "smart" tapeworm wants his host to stay alive because if the host dies, the tapeworm dies. It is not in a tapeworm's best interests for his host to have extreme weight loss. That kind of weight loss could also be from cancers, chronic infections, unusual digestive problems, auto-immune diseases, thyroid disorders, etc...
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Yes

It is undeniable that people will resort to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to shed those extra pounds, but ingesting tapeworms in order to lose weight is not only a radical method but also an extremely dangerous one.
Thankfully the use of tapeworms as a diet aid is illegal in the us and for good reason. Tapeworm infestation cause of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with po.

In brief: Yes

It is undeniable that people will resort to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to shed those extra pounds, but ingesting tapeworms in order to lose weight is not only a radical method but also an extremely dangerous one.
Thankfully the use of tapeworms as a diet aid is illegal in the us and for good reason. Tapeworm infestation cause of cysts in the liver, eyes, brain, and spinal cord with po.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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