Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Trichiniasis Underlying Cause

Trichinosis is caused by the parasite, Trichinella spiralis.

Sources of trichinosis include:

  • Eating undercooked, contaminated pork
  • Eating undercooked, contaminated wild game

The meat contains cysts:
  • Cysts hatch within the human intestinal tract after exposure to stomach acid.
  • Cysts produce adult roundworms that produce larvae.
  • Larvae migrate through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.
  • Larvae form cysts in muscle and other tissues.
  • Adult worms eventually die and pass in the stool.

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Last Updated: Aug 13, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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