Tapeworm Symptoms


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Tapeworm Symptoms

Tapeworm symptoms


     In most cases, a person infected with the Taenia saginata parasite shows very few tapeworm symptoms or even none. There are some tapeworm symptoms which may differ from one patient to another, and they include abdominal pain, dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite. These tapeworm symptoms also depend on the part of the gastrointestinal system which shows a Taenia saginata infection, but they are usually removed through surgery. Sometimes, the tapeworm can release antigens that lead to the appearance of certain allergic reactions.

     If the patient is not treated properly, it can develop a form of mild eosinophilia. In more serious cases of infection with Taenia saginata, the patient may present tapeworm symptoms like active extrusion through the anus muscle segments. In rare cases, the patient may present tapeworm symptoms such as intestinal perforation due to the head of the worm, or cases where the patient may vomit and then aspire back the tapeworm spores. Because the tapeworm comes in contact with epithelial mucosa for a short period of time, it can cause inflammation; allergies and other humoral reactions or mediated by various cell.

     Some worms move through the patient to reach the appendix, pancreas or bile, causing severe abdominal pain. If the infection is not treated properly, it can cause serious complications, especially when it develops outside the patient's gastrointestinal tract, reaching the bone marrow and even the central nervous system. Inadequate treatment of any of these tapeworm symptoms can lead to seizures and other neurological disorders.

     As a sum up, you must remember that tapeworm infection is frequently asymptomatic or symptoms are not obvious, there is little abdominal pain or constipation for example, but the patient often ignores these nonspecific tapeworm symptoms. Among the clinical signs that can lead to the tapeworm diagnosis we mention:

  • abdominal discomfort
  • increased appetite (appetite than food) or low (loss of appetite)
  • alternating diarrhea, constipation
  • dyspeptic disorders (nausea, vomiting)
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • adverse neurological and memory problems
  • behavior, agitation

General information on infection with Taenia saginata (beef tapeworm)


     Taenia saginata infection with a parasite known as the Taeniarhychus saginata, is a disease caused by a pathogen that can grow and reproduce only inside the human body. Generally, this type of parasite is long, three to five meters, but extreme cases have been reported in which the parasite has the length of over 20 meters. It does not show a hook or fittings in the head because the head is composed of four formations such as suction cups. Usually these pieces are made of mature and pregnant proglottids.

     A mature proglottid also shows a uterus, which can be forked, ovaries, genital pores, testes and yolk glands. In pregnant proglottids, the uterus is ramified and contains eggs. Each of these parts can be considered a different worm and when it dries, it breaks and releases the eggs. In most cases, the eggs grow inside the cattle, where the eggs hatch with the help of gastric and intestinal acids, and then travel through the blood reaching the muscles.

     Upon entry into the muscle, the tapeworm becomes a threat to humans. Because of these organisms the patient becomes infected with the beef tapeworm, and also it is also due to inadequate cooking of the beef's meet. It is very important to prepare beef until it is no longer pink inside, as this body dies at 56 degrees Celsius. It is very important to prevent infections with this pathogen, but if the patient becomes infected, treating this infection quickly is extremely important for subsequent healing process.




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