A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body


"I take out a toilet paper roll ... and wrapped around it, of course, is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm", Banh said.

The man confessed he ate raw salmon sashimi on a daily basis, which may have been how he contracted the tapeworm.

Banh continued examining the patient and learned that the man had been experiencing cramping, abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. He did, be that as it may, tell Banh "I eat crude salmon relatively consistently", the specialist said amid the podcast.

"He grabs it, and he pulls on it, and it keeps coming out", Bahn recounted on the podcast. According to a warning issued past year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wild-caught salmon harvested off the coast of Alaska may contain tapeworm larvae.

Banh said a young fellow strolled into the clinic whining of bleeding the runs and approaching to be tried for worms. The parasites can be found in different types of fish that haven't been flash frozen to kill the worms.

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The really long helminth - the general name for a parasitic worm - unraveled and laid out on paper towels on the emergency department floor, measured 5½ feet long.

The patient went on to explain that he'd experienced stomach cramps, diarrhea, and then bloody diarrhea.

According to the doctor, the man was using the bathroom when he realised he had what looked like a piece of intestine hanging out of his body. The patient pulled on the worm until nothing else came out, put it in the bag, and headed for the ER. Left untreated, they can cause weight loss and anemia.

In January, 2017 specialists cautioned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of USA salmon.

The good news is that worms - even giant ones - are treatable with de-worming medication. He was scared, Banh said.

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Doctors have been warning people that people could be affected with the parasite through the consumption of raw pork, fish and fish eggs.

The most widely recognized fish tapeworm, Diphyllobothrium latum and related species (counting the Japanese tapeworm), can grow up to 30 feet long, as indicated by the CDC.

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The man's story is making the rounds after it was featured last week on the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit". And he'll always have this story to tell, so he's got that going for him.

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