Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

The Fresno male went to the emergency room complaining of bloody diarrhea, according to Dr. Kenny Bahn, who shared the story of his patient on the podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit".

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 was horrified at the idea of his intestines coming out, but found relief when he pulled and realized what it actually was.

Inside, he said, was a cardboard toilet paper tube - with a tapeworm wrapped around it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for controlling parasites that may live in seafood - by cooking the food or freezing it at certain temperatures for certain amounts of time.

If you love sushi so much, this story could serve you as a warning. And this report from California will probably not do anything to change your mind: A Fresno man so obsessed with raw salmon that he ate it "almost every day" says he has now sworn off sushi for good after suffering an experience that you might call, at the very least, traumatizing.

According to a warning issued previous year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wild-caught salmon harvested off the coast of Alaska may contain tapeworm larvae. "Just my height", Banh said. The CDC says the parasite and the larvae that are buried deep in salmon muscle can be destroyed when fish is adequately cooked or frozen.

The fish species in the study involved several types of wild Alaskan salmon: chinook, coho, pink and sockeye salmon, as well as rainbow trout.

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They can grow up to 30 feet, according to the CDC.

Still, the infection remains uncommon in humans. His daily habit had brought him in contact with an outbreak of tapeworms from Pacific-caught salmon.

The life of a tapeworm unfolds over three stages. With hooks or suckers, they cling to the lining of the gut and get fat off nutrients predigested by the host as they develop. Permanent fetal position and lots of crying, that's all I would be able to muster.

Apparently, the man was sitting on the toilet when the worm began wriggling its way out of him.

A man in California who ate sushi nearly daily ended up with a 5-and-a-half foot long tapeworm in his body, according to an episode of the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit".

The tapeworm in the Fresno case as 66 inches long.

Though it's not clear what caused the infection, Banh mentioned that the patient consumed raw salmon in sushi on a near-daily basis, which might have been to blame.

The patient was given medication to help remove the rest of the worm from his body.

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