Doctors remove 6-foot tapeworm through man’s mouth

A team of doctors in Delhi, India removed a 6 feet long tapeworm from a patient’s mouth. The 48 years old man was given a colonoscopy after he had reported severe pain in the abdominal region that had been bothering him for two months.

Tapeworm, aka Neurocysticercosis, aka T. solium: This is Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm that causes one of the grossest diseases we're heard about in a while. It's responsible for the worst headache of Luis Ortiz's life. <br />When surgeons looked in his brain, they found a "wiggling" tapeworm inside a cyst. That's called neurocysticercosis, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about a 1,000 people a year get them from eating something infected with "microscopic eggs passed in the feces of a person who has an intestinal pork tapeworm."

Blood tests were done on him and they indicated that his blood hemoglobin level was low in concentration than the normal. During the colonoscopy, a part of the tapeworm was seen by the doctors. “It was an undulating, moving piece of the worm, ” Dr. Cyriac Phillips said, “This worm segment was confirmation that there was a tapeworm infestation in this patient.”

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After sedating the man, a team of physicians at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences Hospital in New Delhi was able to extract the worm by pulling it through his mouth with a pair of forceps. When removed, the tapeworm measured 6.1 feet and was classified as a Taenia solium, otherwise known as a pork tapeworm.


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