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A man who ate sushi daily found a 5.5ft tapeworm in his intestine, which he then removed himself, before handing it over to a doctor.

"He asked me for worm treatment, and I was like, oh, not an everyday request", said Kenny Banh, MD, an emergency medicine physician at UCSF Fresno who treated the man, according to ABC7 News.

It gets worse, with the description of how the worm - a "helminth", in doctor parlance - came to be in the man's external possession.

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".

A man in California who ate sushi nearly daily ended up with a 5-and-a-half foot long tapeworm in his body, according to an episode of the medical podcast "This Won't Hurt a Bit". From that moment, he said, he would never eat raw salmon again. When he looked down at his backside he noticed something hanging out that looked like "a piece of intestine", Banh added.

Bahn said the man was relieved it was a tapeworm. Bahn asked the man, who replied, "Yes". 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. When Bahn unraveled the tapeworm, it measured about five and a half feet.

Tapeworm laid out on paper at the hospital
View Slideshow Tapeworm laid out on paper at the hospital Dr. Kenny Banh

Where the tapeworm originated from was the following inquiry, and the man said he hadn't voyage or had any flawed drinking water that he could consider. The parasites can be found in different types of fish that haven't been flash frozen to kill the worms.

Many cases of diphyllobothriasis are asymptomatic; however, because of it's large size (can grow up to 30 feet long), a patient may experience abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss.

Emergency room doctor Kenny Banh appeared as a guest on the January 8 episode to retell the story, sparing none of the gory details, The Fresno Bee reported.

Most often, tapeworm leads to only minor symptoms, but in exceptional cases the infection can turn into a serious medical problem, according to Roman Kuchta, lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

The cure is the same as it is for dogs, a pill.

Quizzical at first, Dr Banh quickly agreed to his patient's claims after opening the bag and finding a 1.7-meter-long (5.5-foot-long) adult parasitic flatworm curled around an empty toilet paper roll.


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