A Fresno man is likely altering his sushi-eating habit after discovering a tapeworm that may have entered his body through the raw salmon he consumed on a regular basis.
Kenny Banh happened to be the doctor at the hospital who checked on this particular patient, who complained of abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and other symptoms.
The man grabbed it and pulled it out and soon learned it was actually a 5-and-a-half-foot tapeworm.
And then, Banh said: "I take out a toilet paper roll, and wrapped around it, of course, is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm".
Doctor Kenny Banh revealed the Fresno man's case on a January 8 episode of the Podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit," a show that mixes medical topics with laughs.
When rolled out on the floor of lobby of the emergency department, Banh says, the parasitic worm - officially called a helminth - was as long as he is tall: 5 feet, 6 inches. When he looked down at his backside he noticed something hanging out that looked like "a piece of intestine", Banh added. Banh said the patient may "poop out a bunch of worms" in the future, which is what Banh said he prescribed to the man with the giant tapeworm. "When did I get, where did I get it from, he wants me to go all WebMD on him", Dr. Banh said.
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Banh asked the man if he would continue to eat sushi. Once the tapeworm moved in his grasp, Banh stated, rather than simply being appalled, the man was likewise mitigated to realize that it wasn't his own insides.
The man said he would.
In January, 2017 specialists cautioned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of US salmon. They're reportedly found in many types of fish that aren't properly flash frozen. As in 5½ feet long.
"All things considered, a large portion of the general population who are contaminated don't have side effects", Schaffner said. Dr. Banh says ingesting worms is not the way to lose weight.
The cure is the same as it is for dogs, a pill.
However, this particular case was different and Bahn was astonished to find that the patient had pulled the tapeworm out of his bottom.