Fresno Man Pulls 5 1/2 Foot Tapeworm from his Body

A California man who had eaten sushi went to the hospital after discovering a tapeworm that was ‘wiggling out’ as he sat on the toilet during a trip to the bathroom

He went to the Community Regional Medical Center, where Dr. Kenny Bahn removed the tapeworm.

The man said that he was on the toilet when the worm began crawling out of him, and he thought he was dying.

Speaking on his podcast This Won't Hurt A Bit, Dr Kenny Bahn said: 'I take out a toilet paper roll, and wrapped around it of course is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm'. The man has accepted having a habit of eating raw salmon which has been reported to have been infected with Japanese broad tapeworm. This appeared unusual to the doctors because when someone is being treated for tapeworms, the patient suffers from constipation, so having diarrhoea seemed odd.

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On the "This Won't Hurt A Bit" podcast, Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine physician at UC-San Francisco's Fresno campus, told the stomach-churning story of the patient who came into his emergency department August 7, 2017.

And not just any flat tapeworm: It measured five and half feet long, Banh said on the podcast. The sushi eater, who was glad that it was a tapeworm that was coming out of himself instead of his intestines, said that he will no longer eat his favorite sashimi after the awful incident.

And researchers say that this means salmon caught anywhere along the Pacific coast of the United States may have tapeworm. According to Dr. Jessica Mason, who co-hosts the podcast, a tapeworm can grow up to 40 feet in length.

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Cooking kills the tiny larva; sushi is supposed to be flash-frozen to kill such parasites too.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a research letter in January 2017 noting that the Japanese broad tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense) has been detected in wild salmon caught along the US and Asian Pacific coasts and that it therefore poses "potential dangers for persons who eat these fish raw". "I eat raw salmon nearly every day", he said. The parasites might be found in various sorts of fish that haven't been streak solidified to slaughter the worms. A single dose of de-worming medication - the exact same pill given to dogs - is all it takes to kill all the worms. The worm was as long as Banh is tall, the doctor said.

"It's not eating your pizza, it's eating you", Banh said.

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Raw fish is a common cause of tapeworms.

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