Tapeworm Lifecycle

Tapeworm Lifecycle in Humans

The life cycle of A. perfoliata requires an intermediate host for the development. The infected horses pass the tapeworm eggs onto the field where they are devoured by free-living oribatid mites. The eggs form into hatchlings inside the parasite until the bug is ingested by a brushing horse, permitting the hatchlings to be discharged into the intestine. The hatchlings complete their life cycle by connecting to the covering of the intestines where they form into grown-up tapeworms equipped for discharging eggs. 

The body of a grown-up tapeworm (named the strobila) is made out of a chain of progressively mature segments (called proglottids). Each segment is independent and complete with male and female reproductive organs which create at various rates. New segments are continually being created behind the head (scolex) and they grow logically as they are pushed towards the posterior end. Mature segments are gravid (brimming with prepared eggs) and prepared to detach from the body of the tapeworm and go inside the dung into the environment, whereupon they can be eaten by oribatid mites and the cycle starts once more. 

Tapeworm Lifecycle

Let us now study the tapeworm lifecycle in humans.

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Greater part of tapeworms are androgynous. A bisexual is an organism with both incomplete and complete reproductive organs. They produce gametes of both male and female genders. 

1) Stage 1 – The Egg:

Tapeworm eggs are normally discharged through gravid proglottids and can make due for a considerable length of time in the environment. Creatures like steers or pigs become tainted by tapeworms when they devour vegetation. 

2) Stage 2 – The Larvae:

The hatchlings tapeworm appends itself to the intestinal dividers of the host. The brought forth hatchlings migrate to the striated muscles of the intestine. Here, they form into cysticerci. A cysticerci can get by inside the host for quite a long while. Individuals get tainted with this cysticerci by consuming raw or undercooked meat. 

3) Stage 3 – The Adult:

Inside the human intestine, the cysticerci produces for around 2 months and change into a grown-up tapeworm. Scolex is the foremost end of a tapeworm that has suckers and snares for appending purposes. The grown-up tapeworm produces proglottids that mature, become gravid, in the long run, detach and migrate to the anus or go in the stool. 

Symptoms of Adult Tapeworm Inside the Human Body

Although the grown-up tapeworms in the intestine normally cause no symptoms, a few people experience upper stomach inconvenience, the runs, and different symptoms. Once in a while, individuals with a tapeworm can feel a bit of the worm move out through the anus or see some portion of the lace-like tapeworm in the stool. The diminutive person tapeworm is almost certain than different tapeworms to cause stomach symptoms, for example, sickness, retching, looseness of the bowels, stomach uneasiness, loss of craving, and weight reduction. 

The fish tapeworm can cause sickliness in light of the fact that it ingests vitamin B12, which is fundamental for red platelets to be delivered. 

Cysticercosis symptoms are brought about by cysts that structure in the brain and different organs, (for example, the spinal string, liver, lungs, and eyes). These cysts can cause serious, once in a while life-undermining symptoms years after the underlying infection, when the cysts begin to disintegrate and cause aggravation. Cysts in the brain and the tissues covering the brain (meninges) can bring about headaches, seizures, confusion, or other neurologic symptoms. Once in a while, cysts create in the eyes, at times causing the visual deficiency, or in the spinal cord, some of the time causing muscle shortcoming or loss of motion. 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are Tapeworms?

Tapeworms are parasitic flatworms that fall under the class Cestoda and Phylum Platyhelminthes. They contain approximately 5000 distinct types of spineless creatures that measure from 1mm to 15 m in size. Tapeworms are inward parasites that assault vertebrates like people, felines, canines and fish. The disease brought about by tapeworm is known as cestodiasis. Genuinely the tapeworm has a prolonged body segment, head and suckers or snares for appending themselves to the host. Tapeworm bodies are secured with hard fingernail skin covering through which they assimilate food. 

2. What Diseases do the Tapeworms Cause in Humans?

Taeniasis amongst the people is a kind of a parasitic infection that is brought about by the tapeworm species called Taenia saginata (beef tapeworm), another species called Taenia solium (pork tapeworm), and yet another species called Taenia asiatica (Asian tapeworm). People can get tainted with these tapeworms by eating raw or undercooked beef (T. saginata) or pork (T. solium and T. asiatica). Individuals with taeniasis may not realize they have a tapeworm infection since symptoms are typically gentle or nonexistent. 

Taenia solium tapeworm infections can prompt cysticercosis, which is a disease that can cause seizures, so it is significant to look for treatment.

3. How is the Tapeworm Diagnosed Inside the Human Body?

Tapeworm is diagnosed in the body in the following manner: 

  1. For the intestinal tapeworm infection, an examination of a stool sample is done

  2. To check for the cysticercosis, computed tomography or CT or magnetic resonance imaging or MRI and sometimes the blood tests are done.

A doctor diagnoses the intestinal tapeworm infection by finding the worm segments or the eggs in the stool sample.

In the people having cysticercosis, the cysts in the brain or the other tissues can also be seen using the method of the computed tomography (CT) or the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Blood tests for the antibodies to the pork tapeworm are also been helpful. (Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to help defend the body against attack, including that by parasites.) Sometimes hardened cysts can be felt under the skin.