Diphyllobothriasis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 24, 2016
  • Author: Derek Ryan Linklater, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Beef tapeworm and pork tapeworm infections

  • Vitamin B-12 deficiency

In the case of macrocytic anemia, the following should be considered:

  • Pernicious anemia

  • Bone marrow toxins

  • Dietary restrictions

  • Dietary deficiencies

  • Intestinal malabsorption

  • Exposure to drugs (eg, anticonvulsants)

  • Short gut syndrome

Differential Diagnoses