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A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body

A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body
From TIME - January 19, 2018

A daily sushi habit caught up with a California man in a big way, according to one doctors story on the medical podcast This Wont Hurt a Bit.

A patient at Fresnos Community Regional Medical Center recently came to Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine doctor, complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to be treated for tapeworms, Banh recalled on the latest episode of the podcast. Banh said he was skeptical of the mans self-diagnosisuntil he produced some startling evidence.

Next to him, hes got this little grocery bag, Banh recounted on the podcast. I open it up, and I take out a toilet paper roll, just that little brown center piece. Wrapped around it is, of course, this giant, longwhat looks like a flat tapeworm, just sitting in there. I was like, That came out of your bottom? He was like, Yes, that came out of my bottom.'

Banh continued examining the patient and learned that the man had been experiencing cramping, abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Then, while on the toilet, he looked down and saw what he thought was a piece of intestine dangling from his body, Banh said. He is scared to death that hes got something terrible, Banh said. Hes like, Oh my goodness, my guts are coming out from me.'

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