Liver Flukes Treatment & Symptoms To Look Out For

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

The majority of infected persons never get sick. While immature flukes travel (migrate) from the colon via the abdominal cavity and liver, some people become unwell early in the infection. The acute (migratory) phase symptoms might appear 4 to 7 days after exposure and extend for long.

Constitutional symptoms may be seen. Malaise, fever, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bowel changes, and weight loss are symptoms.

Adult flukes in the bile ducts make some patients unwell during the chronic phase of the infection in the duct system of the liver. If any symptoms are linked with this phase, they can appear months or years after the exposure. For example, inflammation and obstruction of the bile ducts can cause symptoms.

During both phases of the illness, clinical signs can include fever, malaise, stomach discomfort, eosinophilia, hepatomegaly (an enlarged liver), and abnormal liver tests. Furthermore, patients with eosinophilia are more likely to be in the mobile phase of symptoms, and itching is common in persons with new-onset Fascicoliosis. Primary common bile duct stones are thought to follow bacterial infection after parasitic infections with Clonorchis sinensis, Ascaris lumbricoides, or Fasciola hepatica in Far Eastern nations where bile duct infection is common. Cholangitis due to secondary bacterial infection, septicemia, liver abscess, and biliary stricture can be complications of common bile duct stones, which can cause partial or full bile duct obstruction.

Written by Greg M. Wilcox

With a background in medical research, I'm dedicated to unraveling the complexities of health and nutrition in a way that's easy to understand and implement. From debunking myths to sharing science-backed insights, my goal is to guide you on a journey towards optimal well-being.