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Tapeworm Infections - Pork tapeworm

Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS , dr. trupti shirole | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD Dr. Simi Paknikar on Sep 13, 2014
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Pork tapeworm

Definitive host: humans

Intermediate host: pig, man.

Prevalence & Distribution: It is common in Asia, Philippines, Africa, Mexico, Eastern Europe, India, China, Latin America and relatively rare in North America and in Arab countries where the onsumpion of pork is strictly prohibited. Infection is common in rural areas and in developing countries with poor hygine.

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Mode of infection: Pork tapeworm enters the body when man eats undercooked pork, which is infected with the larvae.

Cysticercosis: This is caused by the ingestion of the pork worm larvae (bladder worms)in the stomach. The larvae enters the stomach through fecal contaminated food and water. Vomiting results in the bringing the eggs to the stomach and then when they pass go to the intestine the worms hatch out from the eggs and migrate to different areas such as the spinal cord, liver, brain (neurocysticercosis), heart, eyes, skeletal muscles and cause damage. Sometimes the larvae form a hard protective covering called the cyst (cysticerci) and migrate to various parts of the body.

Symptoms:Usually it is asymptomatic.There is mild inflamation at the attachment site. Segments of the worm are seen in the feces. Mild gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea or abdominal pain are experienced.

In neurocysticercosis, the cysticerci are found in the central nervous system and can cause neurological problems.

Tapeworm Infections - References

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

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person

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

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

guest

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

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

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

Well, you spelled bazaar wrong. That irks me.

guest

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

guest

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

guest

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

guest

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

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

somebody

try cocoanut..less caffine and an english class.

mspurrty

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

Yep. Definitely tapeworm.

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