Dr. Jai Maharaj
2017-01-28 01:19:54 UTC
Friday, January 27, 2017
Doctors in India were stunned to remove a tapeworm
measuring more than 6 feet through a patient's mouth,
according to a report published this week in the New
England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Cyriac Phillips wrote in an email that the 48-year-
old man underwent a colonoscopy in 2014 after complaints
of "tolerable" abdominal pain that had gone on for two
months and test results indicating low hemoglobin
concentrations in his blood.
While performing the colonoscopy, Phillips discovered
part of the worm.
"It was an undulating, moving piece of the worm," he
said, "This worm segment was confirmation that there was
a tapeworm infestation in this patient."
After the initial discovery, doctors performed an
endoscopy, a procedure using a camera inserted into the
patient's stomach to view the intestines. During the
procedure, Phillips and his team were able to see images
of the lengthy parasite residing in the small intestine.
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. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, a fully grown adult worm typically
measures between 2 and 7 meters (6.5 to 23 feet) in
length, but there have been cases reporting worms more
than 8 meters (26 feet) long.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi