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18-Metre Tapeworm Comes Out of Thai Man After Undergoing Procedure for Flatulence

CC BY-SA 3.0 / Mogana Das Murtey and Patchamuthu Ramasamy / Tapeworm Tapeworm
Tapeworm  - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.03.2021
Doctors suspect that the parasite was introduced to the man's insides after he ate raw beef which contained tapeworm eggs. Such parasites can live in humans for more than 30 years, medics said, noting that this tapeworm is the biggest ever found in Thailand for more than 50 years.

An 18-metre tapeworm has come out of a Thai’s man rectum, local media reported. The 67-year-old patient went to the doctor after he started experiencing stomach pain and flatulence. Upon discovering 28 tapeworm eggs in a faecal sample, the doctor prescribed deworming medicine. The next morning he had an unpleasant surprise.

Pictures posted online show medics unfurling the parasite on a red cloth.

​​"It was very big and took us a while to lay it all out on the ground", said a spokesman for the Parasitic Disease Research Centre. Doctors advised the patient's relations to have medical tests and warned them against consuming raw meat.

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