California man discovers he had a 5ft tapeworm inside him

Doctors then unravelled the tapeworm whose length was an astounding 5-and-a-half feet

A California man who ate sushi every day ended up with a 5-foot-plus long tapeworm inhabiting his body.

The man had discovered the worm as it began wiggling out while he sat on the toilet. The clue was the patient's love of sushi, particularly raw salmon.

For any salmon sashimi addicts reading this, that doesn't mean you have give up your habit on pain of contracting a tapeworm infection, but it does mean you need to make sure the raw salmon you eat has been handled properly.

"I get asked this a lot", said Dr. Kenny Bahn, the doctor on duty at the time who told the story of the incident on the This Won't Hurt A Bit podcast.

Freaked out to find a giant worm, but relieved that his entrails are intact, the quick-thinking man used the nearby TP roll as a spool to wind up the worm as he pulled it out.

The tapeworm didn't have that effect on the Fresno patient, who was a little chubby, Banh said. When Banh laid it out on the floor of the emergency department, he said, it measured five feet, six inches long. The sushi eater, who was glad that it was a tapeworm that was coming out of himself instead of his intestines, said that he will no longer eat his favorite sashimi after the disgusting incident.

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According to the CDC, such tapeworms can grow up to 30 feet in length.

Banh and the patient were initially confounded over how the tapeworm ended up in the man's body.

A quick online search found there has been a well-documented outbreak of Japanese tapeworms in Pacific-caught salmon.

When questioned, he insisted he had not been overseas - and revealed that he ate raw salmon every day, reported MailOnline. CNN reported the fish had been infected by the Japanese broad tapeworm parasite. While the treatment is not much complicated but if it goes untreated, it can lead to severe complications.

A dose of de-worming medication, the same type given to dogs, is fortunately enough to kill all worms that may be residing in a human body. Banh said he was skeptical of the man's self-diagnosis - until he produced some startling evidence. Whenever inquired as to whether he'll continue eating sushi, Banh said he would, yet just not the salmon.

To prevent infection with D. latum, the CDC recommends avoiding consumption of raw or undercooked fish.

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