WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kenny Banh claimed that a young man he treated in the emergency room at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, CA, had a 5-foot tapeworm “wiggle out” of his body.
- The doctor said that the patient even brought the tapeworm to the hospital, wrapped around a toilet paper roll.
- The man was infected by the parasitic worm by eating sushi with raw salmon every day.
Dr. Kenny Banh told a stomach-churning story about a patient who pulled out a 5-foot tapeworm after eating sushi. The doctor recounted the event on Jan. 8 when he guested on an episode of “This Won’t Hurt A Bit,” a podcast that talks about unusual medical cases with experts.
The man went to the hospital complaining of bloody diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. Banh was working in the emergency room at the time. The patient also requested to be treated for worms. He handed the doctor a plastic grocery bag that contained a toilet paper roll with a “giant, long tapeworm” wrapped around it, according to KDVR.
“I take out a toilet paper roll, and wrapped around it, of course, is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm,” Banh said.
When the tapeworm was unrolled on the floor, it measured 5 ½ feet. Banh recalled the man saying, “Oh, my goodness my guts are coming out of me.”
The helminth, commonly known as a parasitic worm, is suspected to have infected the guy by eating sushi almost every day.
Doctors have already warned the public in January last year about Japanese tapeworm parasites found in U.S. salmon. They also warned that these parasitic worms could grow to 30-40 feet long.
Most people don’t usually know that they are infected with parasitic worms. Some of the symptoms include nausea, loose stools, abdominal pain or discomfort, and weight loss.
Source: Palm Beach Post