Sushi lover pulled 5-foot tapeworm from intestines

Sushi lover pulled 5-foot tapeworm from intestines

Sushi lover pulled 5-foot tapeworm from intestines

It was a Monday in August 2017 when the man showed up in the emergency room of UCSF Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center clutching a plastic grocery bag and asking doctors to treat him for tapeworms - parasites that can invade the digestive tract of animals and humans. The tapeworm reportedly began to leave the man's body while he was sitting on the toilet.

That's what his doctor said on a recent podcast of "This Won't Hurt A Bit".

Kenny Banh happened to be the doctor at the hospital who checked on this particular patient, who complained of abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms.

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is now present in fish from US waters.

Dr. Kenny Bahn shared the horrifying tapeworm tale on the podcast, "This Won't Hurt a Bit".

"Shockingly it's no different than the deworming medication you might give your dog", Banh said on the podcast. Once the tapeworm moved in his hand, Banh said, instead of just being horrified, the man was also relieved to know that it wasn't his own entrails.

The man had discovered the worm as it began wiggling out while he sat on the toilet. But then the man confessed his deep love of salmon sashimi. He picks it up and looks at it.

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After finding that out, the patient swore off raw salmon forever.

The man told Banh about his final trip to the bathroom before deciding it was time to head to the hospital.

When rolled out on the floor of lobby of the emergency department, Banh says, the parasitic worm - officially called a helminth - was as long as he is tall: 5 feet, 6 inches. He continued to pull, and eventually wrapped the entire parasite around the toilet paper roll.

The California resident said he won't be eating salmon anytime soon.

According to the CDC, such tapeworms can grow up to 30 feet in length.

The patient was given medication to kill any other tapeworms, Banh said, but no others came out.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, salmon from Alaska and Asian Pacific coasts can carry tapeworm larvae, which is becoming a bigger problem as eating raw fish becomes more popular worldwide. Tapeworms are reportedly found in many types of fish that are not properly flash frozen.

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