5-Foot Tapeworm Wiggles Out of California Man After Eating Salmon Sushi
A Fresno man has said he’ll reevaluate his sushi-eating habit after finding that a tapeworm may have entered his body after consuming raw salmon. According to a KTLA news report, Dr. Kenny Banh discussed the man’s case on a Jan.8 episode of the podcast, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit,” which mingles medical topics with the comedic and bizarre. Banh said the man walked into the hospital complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to be tested for worms.
Banh said he found the man’s self diagnosis suspicious until he opened up a grocery bag containing a toilet paper roll wrapped around a 5-foot tapeworm that had wiggled out of his body. The patient told Banh he had abdominal cramps and other symptoms. The man said he thought his intestines were coming out of his body and was later relieved to see a worm. Banh measured the worm at 5.5 feet. The man said he ate raw salmon almost every day.
Tapeworm Parasites in Salmon Sushi
In January 2017, doctors warned of Japanese tapeworm parasites found in the meat of U.S. salmon. The parasites may be found in different types of fish that have not been flash frozen to kill the worms. The most common types of tapeworm found in fish can grow up to 30 feet long. A number of people who are infected do not have symptoms. Some may feel a bit of abdominal discomfort or experience other symptoms such as nausea, loose stools or weight loss. In some cases, a tapeworm infestation could result in serious medical consequences. The treatment for such an infection is the same pill that are given to dogs.
Serious Health Consequences
If tapeworms grow large enough, they can block the appendix leading to appendicitis. It could also block the bile ducts or pancreatic ducts affecting digestion. In some cases, tapeworms, particularly those found in pork, can affect the brain and central nervous system impairment. When the larvae migrate to the liver, lungs or other organs, they can become cysts. When the cysts rupture, they could cause allergic reactions such as itching, hives and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, surgery or organ transplantation may be needed.
If you have been affected by unhygienic conditions at restaurants, food processing facilities or other types of negligence, you may be able to hold the at-fault parties accountable. Victims may seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, surgery and pain and suffering. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.