Sushi-loving man pulls 5-foot tapeworm from body, visits ER later

California man discovers he had a 5ft tapeworm inside him

A California man who ate sushi every day ended up with a 5-foot-plus long tapeworm inhabiting his body. The report says the tapeworm was likely growing in the man's body for six months.

Doctor Kenny Bahn, who was on duty at the time, said the patient arrived at the hospital complaining of "bloody diarrhea" and asked to be treated for tapeworms.

Apparently, the patient had discovered the worm after experiencing bloody diarrhea accompanied by the unusual sensation that something else was exiting his body.

"He says, 'I eat raw salmon nearly every day, '" Bahn told The Fresno Bee.

Officials warned salmon caught off the Pacific coast can now contain the parasite Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, also known as Japanese tapeworm. If you dare, you can see what it actually looked like - "This Won't Hurt a Bit" shared two photos of the worm from Banh. When he learned it was just a tapeworm, he was relieved and was provided necessary medication to help him.

Dr. William Schaffner, professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said that the Japanese tapeworm is from the same family of other tapeworms, presenting similar symptoms of abdominal discomfort, nausea, loose stools and weight loss, among others.




The man had discovered the worm as it began wiggling out while he sat on the toilet. The working theory is that one of those is what worked its way into the salmon man's stomach. A mystery solved for the patient, who quickly swore he would not touch the fish again.

Next time you head out for sushi, it can't hurt to ask the restaurant about their fish-freezing practices. He picks it up and looks at it.

The man told doctors he thought his 'guts were coming out'. However, he admitted eating raw salmon sashimi on a daily basis, which the doctor suggested might have caused the tapeworm infestation.

Proving that he wasn't lying, the patient handed him a toilet paper roll.

Hospital staff laid the worm over a paper and measured it at exactly 5 ½ feet. They're reportedly found in many types of fish that aren't properly flash frozen. He did, be that as it may, tell Banh "I eat crude salmon relatively consistently", the specialist said amid the podcast.

Once a human is infected, a tapeworm will grow inside the intestine to a length of up to 15meters over a period of weeks.

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