A California man who claimed to eat sushi every day pulled a five-and-a-half-foot-long tapeworm out of his body. The case of the unnamed man was discussed by a doctor named Kenny Bahn on a podcast called ‘This Won’t Hurt A Bit’ (ironic right?). It was on this podcast where Dr. Kenny Bahn told the story of this man who came into the emergency department room on August 7, 2017.
The unidentified man entered the Community Regional Medical Center that day complaining of bloody diarrhea.
He also specifically asked to be treated for worms but initially, Dr. Bahn was a bit skeptical.
But in excruciatingly clear detail, Dr. Bahn described how the patient showed up with a plastic grocery bag when he was at first skeptical about treating the man for worms.
Inside the grocery bag was the worm that came out of the man’s body. All five and a half feet of it.
When Dr. Bahn saw what was in his bag, he recalls asking the man if it came out of his bottom. When the man replied that it had, the doctor knew he had to treat him for worms.
On the podcast, Dr. Bahn said: ‘I take out a toilet paper roll, and wrapped around it, of course, is what looks like this giant, long tapeworm.’
The man described how he sat on the toilet thinking that his intestines were coming out and that something was ‘wriggling’ inside his body. He says that when he started pulling, he discovered that it began to move and it was a worm.
The man then began twirling the tapeworm around a toilet paper roll. He was later given medication in order to help remove the rest of the worm from his body.
It was just last year when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study that showed that wild-caught salmon off the coast of Alaska may contain tapeworms.
The native of Fresno, California admitted to eating salmon sashimi on a daily basis.