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From:Talk:Broadfish tapeworm My source (foundations of parasitology) itself has footnotes. Do I cite the book or the footnoted source as my source here? Thanks, Dave (talk) 22:19, Apr 4, 2005 (UTC)

Always cite the book that you actually read yourself. WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:57, 3 February 2008 (UTC)


This is actually the wrong name for this worm, the broad tapeworm or the fish tapeworm (common names) refer to this particular worm, broadfish is a weird amagalmation of the two names. The disorder caused by worms from this genus has a page, Diphyllobothriasis, this page should probably be merged there--nixie 01:07, 6 Apr 2005 (UTC)

From a google search for the exact phrase

  • broad tapeworm, 405 hits
  • fish tapeworm, 4100 hits
  • broadfish tateworm, 42 hits
  • broad fish tapeworm, 315 hits

--nixie 01:14, 6 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Fish tapeworm[edit]

Should the article be names "Fish tapeworm" to be standardized with "beef tapeworm" and "pork tapeworm"? --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) 21:26, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

  • No. Fish tapeworm is one of many common names for just on of the species in the genus, and the name is not that widely used. This article is both about the genus ow worm and and the disorder it causes; I've moved it to the genus name. --Peta 05:10, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Wasn't it the condition portrayed in House M.D. episode "Insensitive"? (The one with the CIPA patient.)

I'm a medical student and something on this page isn't quite right. D. latum infection does NOT cause pernicious anemia. This is a common misconception. While it does lead to vitamin B12 deficiency, it leads to MEGALOBLASTIC ANEMIA. Pernicious anemia is a specific autoimmune disease against the gastric parietal cells, leading to decreased levels of gastric intrinsic factor (gIF) which is necessary for B12 absorption. Pernicious anemia is a cause of vitamin B12 deficiency, rather than a consequence. And yes, it was on House M.D. recently, although I don't understand why sliced her open instead of giving her meds to kill the thing. 19:22, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Geographical distribution[edit]

South America (Amazon River) should be added.

The resulting B12 anemia[edit]

the resulting B12 anemia, can easy be distingued fra pernicioes anemia - as pernicioes anemia patients will have antibodys against intrinsic factor or pertial cells that produce it. Tape worm B12 deficincy patients will not have these antibodys! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:51, 6 January 2010 (UTC)