Cyclophyllidian gut tapeworms

Richard Knight

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Cyclophyllidian gut tapeworms

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The cyclophyllidean tapeworms are cestodes that maintain anchorage to the host small-gut mucosa by means of a scolex bearing four suckers; mature reproductive proglottids develop at the end of the worm. The life cycle involves a cystic larval stage, usually in a nonhuman host species. Humans are an obligatory part of the life cycle in four gut species; in the rest they are an accidental host....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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