Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS , dr. trupti shirole | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD Dr. Simi Paknikar on Sep 13, 2014

Diagnosis of Tapeworm infections

History:Patients sometimes give history of passing worms or segments of worms in the stool.

Stool test:Examination of proglottids passed in the stool of the patient reveals tapeworm infections.

The characteristic diagnostic feature of the beef tapeworm infection is the ability of the proglottids to crawl.

Microscopic examination:Microscopic identification of the eggs is the basis of specific tapeworm infection diagnosis.

Blood test: It shows elevated levels of eosinophils in the blood of the patient.

Presences of large and pale red blood cells are indicative of vitamin B12 deficiency characteristic of fish tapeworm infections.

Blood samples are taken from the patient to detect the presence of antibodies against the larval stage of the tapeworm.

Cysticercosis: In case of neurocysticercosis an MRI, CT-scan is performed. In case of lodgment of the cyst in the muscles, liver, other areas, the tissue is taken from the affected area for biopsy and other antibody tests. Ultrasound imaging facilitates in the direct method of identification/viewing of the adult tapeworm.

Tapeworm Infections - References

  1. MEDIC8 - (http://www.medic8.com/)

Comments

person Saturday, April 21, 2012

i had repeated sins infections since moving in with a friend with a cat.recently i felt 'hair' moving in my thoat. that was when i could tell i had a parasite. the dr. tried to say it was just another sinus infection. so, i purchaced paragone and took double doses of it while fasting, then some milk of magnesia to pass them thru. then took 2 stool samples and insisted the dr. have them examined. the 1st dr. said it was sinus. the 2nd dr. said i didn't have them before even looking. i had to be persistant. i took the medication prescribed[mabendazole]. i feel there is alot less 'hair' moving in my throat but i can still feel them.

AllHopeIsGone Wednesday, October 21, 2009

where are they from? Where can you get these paracites? What part of the world?

guest Wednesday, October 21, 2009

it is every where acually the only way to get it is if u eat meat that isnt fully cooked and is infected by the paracites.. even if its infected u can eat it.. the heat from when u cook the meat kills it so make sure its cooked fully.

chritine Saturday, April 21, 2012

that is not true. fully cooked pork can still infect a person. if u pet an infected animal, the eggs can make their way to the person..many different ways they can be transmitted.

canadia421 Thursday, June 4, 2009

well. it sounds like you have a serious problem. im sorry that you are experiencing sickness. you spelled diarrhea wrong. that irks me. but you should go to a doctor to get that checked out. not ask random people that you dont even know online. thats not to smart. theres alot of creeps out there that could tell you something completely bizzar to hurt you because, well, their creepers. the common sense thing to do would be to go to your family doctor and get it diagnosed. thats what i would do anyway. but have fun finding out what it is. sorry about this rude comment. it just annoys me how people would trust strangers to ask for help. BYE!

guest Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, you spelled bazaar wrong. That irks me.

guest Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Well, you spelled bizarre wrong too. That irks me more.

guest Monday, August 17, 2009

Could it be that all of you are spelling brassiere wrong? I believe I am definitely the most irked.

guest Wednesday, March 10, 2010

*" They're creepers...not their" I'm glad you know how to spell diarrhea, what an accomplishment!

guest Thursday, April 15, 2010

you all are stupid for arguing about dumb stuff... go to a dictionary if you want to learn how to spell a word, not fight about it on a freaking website. how old are we now? im 18 and i know this. thanks for ur time.. and please stop arguing over the computer although funny, very stupid and childish :]

guest Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thanks for the entertainment. I particularly like "brassiere". Even if that wasn't meant to be funny... it was!

somebody Saturday, April 21, 2012

try cocoanut..less caffine and an english class.

mspurrty Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I am worried that I may possibly have a tapeworm but I´m not sure. I am visiting a foreign country and have been eating all types of different foods. This last week I have been experienceing sickness. Symptoms of diarrhoea, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizzyness and fever. I only felt all of these symptoms for two days but I am still experiencing Diarrhoea and fatigue after a week. I took medicine to help control it but it didnt´help much. I have not witnessed any type of worm in my stool. I´m worried that it can possibly be a tapeworm. I´m freaked out at the thought of it. Any advise what this may possibly be?

guest Monday, August 17, 2009

Yep. Definitely tapeworm.

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