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.

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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."

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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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