Horrifying! Sushi lover discovers 5-foot tapeworm 'wiggling out' of him

Horrifying! Sushi lover discovers 5-foot tapeworm 'wiggling out' of him

Horrifying! Sushi lover discovers 5-foot tapeworm 'wiggling out' of him

According to the man's doctor, the self-proclaimed sushi lover pulled a massive tapeworm from his own body before arriving for treatment.

Apparently, the man was sitting on the toilet when the worm began wriggling its way out of him. Officially called a helminth, this is not even the longest a tapeworm can grow - Dr. Jessica Mason who was on the podcast said that they can go to as long as 40 feet.

The trouble is believed to be linked to the patient's love of eating salmon sushi.

Quizzical at first, Dr Banh quickly agreed to his patient's claims after opening the bag and finding a 1.7-meter-long (5.5-foot-long) adult parasitic flatworm curled around an empty toilet paper roll.

The internet is flooded with stories about a sushi loving guy and his 5 ft. tapeworm in Fresno, CA that was discussed on a podcast recently.

As the man began pulling on the worm, and it continued sliding out inch by inch, the creature began moving - and rather than faint, he felt relieved.

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The man said he noticed the worm after using the toilet and pulled as much of it out as he could before coming to the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. The tapeworm was living inside his body for some time. The patient told Banh that he hadn't traveled out of the country or consumed well water, both of which are risk factors for worm exposure.

Banh said the man's raw salmon intake "almost certainly is" the reason for the tapeworm.

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.

While there are other cases of tapeworm in the United States, those cases are primarily a different genus of tapeworm found in pork and beef. Freezing fish can kill parasites, too, according to the FDA. But in exceptional cases the infection can cause complications including vitamin B12 deficiency, intestinal obstruction and gall bladder disease. A single dose of de-worming medication - the exact same pill given to dogs - is all it takes to kill all the worms.

As for Banh, the tapeworm won't stop him from eating sushi.

Not everyone infected with the tapeworm will have symptoms, but some common signs and symptoms of a Diphyllobothrium infection can include abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.

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