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Glossary for Worm conditions

  • Abdominal conditions: Medical conditions affecting the abdominal region.
  • Abdominal cramps: A condition which is characterized by the sensation of muscle cramps that is located in the abdomen
  • Abdominal pain: A condition which is characterized by the sensation of pain that is located in the abdomen
  • All Disease Categories: All major disease categories
  • Alveolar Hydatid Disease: Rare multi-organ tapeworm infection caught from animals.
  • Ancylostoma duodenale: An infestation with Ancylostoma duodenale which is a parasitic hookwork whichcan cause serious disease in humans - usually occurs in people who work barefoot in damp soil. The hookworms suck blood from the intestines of the host which can result in anemia if there is a large number of worms.
  • Appendicitis/acute appendicitis/chronic appendicitis:
  • Ascariasis: Large intestinal roundworm from 6 to 13 inches.
  • Ascaris lumbricoides: Common roundworm infecting human intestines. Causing restlessness, fever, diarrhea.
  • Baylisascaris: Rare intestinal roundworm caught from animals.
  • Bloody diarrhea: Diarrhea with blood in stool
  • Child health conditions: Any medical conditions typically afflicting children.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Cysticercosis: An infectious disease caused by the pork tapeworm Taenia solium. If the larvae are ingested then a mild or asymptomatic tapeworm infection occurs. However, ingested eggs pass into the bloodstream where they can then enter various tissues and form the cysts that characterize cysticercosis.
  • Diarrhea: Loose or watery stool.
  • Digestive Diseases: Diseases that affect the digestive system
  • Diphyllobothriasis: Tapeworm infection from eating undercooked fish.
  • Dracunculiasis: An infectious disease caused by the nematode Dracunculus medinensis which is usually transmitted by drinking water contaminated by infected crustaceans.
  • Elephantiasis: Lymphatic obstruction which causes severe swelling in the legs and groin area. It is usually caused by infection with a parasitic worm which is transmitted by mosquito bites.
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Helminthiasis: Infection of the human body with a parasitic worm such as roundworms and pinworms. The worms usually only involve the intestinal tract but sometimes they may invade other organs. The type and severity of symptoms is determined by the type of worm and the part of the body infected.
  • Hookworm: Worm spread through feces with poor sanitation.
  • Intestinal Conditions: Conditions that affect the intestines
  • Lymphatic Filariasis: Parasitic worm infection of the lympatic system
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Neurocysticercosis: Brain/CNS infection with the tapeworm Cysticercosis
  • Non-genetic diseases: Any disease that does not have a genetic component
  • Parasitic Conditions: A condition that is characterised by another organism living off another organism
  • Pinworm: Small, threadlike parasitic worms mainly in colon and rectum
  • Roundworm: A worm of the class nematode
  • Strongyloidiasis: A parasitic infectious disease involving the intestines and caused by the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis. Infection usually occurs in crowded, unsanitized populations.
  • Tapeworms: Parasitic worm infestation of digestive or other organs.
  • Toxocariasis: A parasitic roundworm (Toxocara canis or Toxocara cati) infection that normally occurs in cats and dogs but can be transmitted to humans by ingesting the larvae or eggs. The infection may be asymptomatic or severe and symptoms depend on where the larvae travel to when they migrate through the body.
  • Trichinosis: Worm infection usually caught from pigs
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.
  • Whipworm: Any nematode of the genus trichuris


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