When Tapeworms Attack

From a cunning parasite to some of the most
shocking cases involving it, this is what happens when tapeworms attack The tapeworm, or Cestoda, is a parasitic,
segmented flatworm known for invading vertebrate animals and living inside their intestines. They can also infest the human body and several
species are known to cause diseases. Tapeworms don’t have mouths and get their
nutrients directly from the host’s gut. They are hermaphrodites and each segment of
their bodies, called proglottids, contains a complete sexually mature reproductive system. The neck continually produces proglottids. Therefore, tapeworms can grow to be over 26
feet long and may live up to three decades in a single human host. Number 5 Case in Singapore
Despite having no symptoms, a Singapore man found that a giant tapeworm had been living
in his intestine. Microbiology experts at Singapore General
Hospital had to fold the parasite eighteen times just so that it would fit in a picture. The patient was horrified when the worm was
passed out via the rectum. It was roughly nine feet long. The man loved sushi and doctors suspect that’s
where he got the tapeworm from. While it’s unclear how long the man had
the infection, judging by the sheer size of the parasite, it may have been several years. Before we move on, answer this question. What was the tapeworm marketed as at some
point in the early 20th century? a. A source of vitamins
b. Muscle Relaxers
c. Slimming tablets
d. A skincare product
Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned to find out the
right answer. Tapeworm infections are caused by ingesting
undercooked meat prepared in poor hygienic conditions. The most common intermediate hosts are pigs,
cows, and marine life. As such, transmission to humans often occurs
from eating infested pork, beef, and fish. It can also parasitize pets. Tapeworm infections in dogs or cats are a
rather common occurrence. The Taenia tapeworm genus is one of the most
dangerous livestock parasites and it’s also known to cause disease in humans. Number 4 Case in China
Doctors in China treated a young man who’d been living with a tapeworm in his brain for
over 15 years. He reportedly had coordination problems, muscle
weakness and trouble speaking or swallowing. After a scan revealed the tapeworm in his
brain, the doctors operated on him to remove the parasite. It was later identified as a Sparganum mansoni,
a type of tapeworm that’s common in cats and dogs but rare in humans. It turns out that the man had suffered a fracture
when he was nine years old and had tried to hasten his recovery by eating live frogs. This is a traditional Chinese remedy and most
likely how he’d gotten the tapeworm infection. Doctors believe that one or more of the amphibians
were carrying larvae. Once a tapeworm finds its way in your stomach,
it uses its fours suckers and two rings of hooks to anchor itself to the walls of your
intestine. It then proceeds to steal nutrients from your
diet by absorbing whatever food passes its way through your intestines. Death, in severe infections, may occur due
to starvation and malnourishment. In addition, the tapeworm can also make its
way into your brain, form cysts and cause potentially-fatal neurological problems. Cysts can be formed in virtually any tissue
of the human body. That’s because tapeworm larvae can burrow
through the intestine wall and travel through the bloodstream. Taenia solium, also known as the pork tapeworm,
is among the most dangerous tapeworms and it can cause neurocysticercosis. The condition is manifested through cysts
that take hold of the brain causing seizures. According to the World Health Organization,
tapeworm infections are the leading cause of epilepsy worldwide. The pork tapeworm as well as the beef tapeworm,
Taenia saginata, can also cause taeniasis. Its symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal
pain, dizziness and loss of appetite. Number 3 Indian Teenager
An unnamed 18-year-old man from India went to the emergency room where he told the doctors
he’d been having seizures. The teenager appeared to be confused and had
trouble walking. He was actually suffering from tonic-clonic
seizures, which cause loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The man also had swelling in his right eye
and complained of pain in his groin. Doctors performed an MRI and found that the
man’s cortex and his brain stem were riddled with tapeworm cysts. Additionally, they discovered a number of
well-defined cysts in the man’s eye and in his right testicle. Tapeworm larvae can sometimes migrate out
of the intestines and spread to other parts of the body, which is what happened in this
case. Doctors chose not to give the man anti-parasitic
medication out of concerns that it could have worsened the swelling in his brain. There was also a risk of him going blind because
of the cysts above his right eye. Instead, they gave him anti-seizure medication
and dexamethasone, a steroid used to reduce inflammation. The infection was so advanced that there was
nothing more they could do for him. The 18-year-old passed away several weeks
later. Some tapeworm infections may never require
treatment as the tapeworm will exit the body by passing through the rectum. It’s possible for a patient to never know
they have a tapeworm infection, as symptoms don’t always occur. Some cases will require medicines such as
Praziquantel, Nitazoxanide or Albendazole. They have been proven to be effective against
adult tape worms and in shrinking cysts. To prevent reinfection, the recommendation
is maintaining proper hand hygiene and consuming beef, pork or fish from trusted sources. Doctors may also ask the patient to undergo
enema treatment in order to completely remove the flatworm from their system. Cysts formed in the liver, eye or lungs may
be surgically removed, to maintain proper organ function. In rare cases, the infection may cause the
accumulation of too much fluid in the brain, a condition known as hydrocephalus. Doctors might recommend placing a permanent
tube inside a patient’s head, in order to drain the fluid. So, what were tapeworms marketed as in the
early 20th century? The right answer was c, slimming tablets. Tapeworm eggs were presented to the public
as the “sanitized” and “jar packed” banishers of fat with the promise of no ill
side effects. Despite the dangers of tapeworm infections,
they’ve sporadically re-emerged as an alleged fat-loss option. Number 2 Michael Mosley
While others on our list didn’t mean to get a tapeworm infection, BBC’s Michael
Mosley purposefully sought it out. The investigative journalist swallowed three
Taenia saginata larvae, which he got from infected cattle in Kenya. He then swallowed a pill camera so that he
could document the process on his IPad. Mosley hoped that the experience would aid
researchers in determining the early signs of a tapeworm infection. He was at an Indian restaurant when he saw
that three tapeworms, about 3 feet in length, had become attached to the lining of his intestine. To the shock and surprise of other diners,
Mosley reportedly shouted out “Blimey! There’s a tapeworm in me!” He had no symptoms whatsoever, but he suspects
that the infection may have increased his appetite as he gained about 2.2 pounds. Number 1 Teenager in the US
When an American teenager was admitted to the ER with severe stomach cramps, doctors
suspected she was pregnant. However, an ultrasound soon ruled it out. The nurses heard her scream and found her
over a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Some of them were very long and trying to
crawl out of the toilet bowl. It turns out that the teen’s mother had
fed her tapeworm eggs in an effort to get her to lose weight for a beauty pageant. Nurses heard the tearful woman as she apologized
to her daughter. She reportedly told the teenager that she
“needed some help” before the contest. The woman admitted that she’d bought the
tapeworm eggs in Mexico. After the eggs hatched, her daughter’s intestine
became riddled with tapeworms, which caused her severe abdominal pain. Thanks for watching! Would you let a tapeworm grow in your stomach
for a year if it meant at the end you’d get $1 million in cash? Let us know in the comments section bellow!

30 Replies to “When Tapeworms Attack”

  1. honestly, that guy that could have gone blind cuz of the tape worms in his testicle and eye I would have gotten the surgery, given up my eye and my testicle for the ability to live and possibly get a girl if I ever could, like legit they could just take out my eye in the surgery and i wouldn't complain, id be sad af, but I wouldn't complain, whats the point of taking pills only to stay sleeping in a hospital bed then die a few weeks later which gives my parents a bill that they have to pay when I didn't even live..

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