Nightmare ultrasound reveals squirming parasitic worm around man’s abdomen

A man’s abdominal ultrasound caught some unidentified inhabitants – tangled with parasitic roundworms, according to a new report.

A 20-year-old man living in New Delhi went to the emergency room after experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting and a day of vomiting, the report said, published in Saturday (Nov. 21). New England Journal of Medicine. This person was previously healthy with known medical conditions.

Tests showed that the man had high levels of white blood cells, which could indicate an infection. It also had elevated levels of hemoglobin, a protein in the blood that carries oxygen. According to the Mayo Clinic, the latter outcome could indicate a number of conditions, from dehydration to blood cancer.

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To check the level of fluid in her blood vessels, doctors performed an ultrasound of a vein-like vein near the abdomen. But during the process, they observed “tubular… structuring or moving with curling motion” inside their abdomen, the authors wrote.

The doctors then asked the man for a stool sample, which they examined for parasites. They saw that he had eggs from a roundworm in his stool Ascaris lambricoids, A type of intestinal parasite.

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A lambricoids Is one of the worldwide human parasitic worms. There are an estimated 800 million to 1.2 billion people A lambricoids In their intestinal tract, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The worm can grow up to 14 inches (35 centimeters) in length.

Although relatively rare in the United States, the worm is mostly found in tropical and subtropical areas, with poor sanitation systems and a lack of sanitation supplies, the CDC says. Living science has previously reported that this worm is very common in India.

When a parasite eats an egg, people infect it with worms, and when it happens that people eat fruits or vegetables grown in contaminated soil, the CDC

Soil can be contaminated if human feces are used as compost or if infected people defecate outside. People can get infected even if their hands are contaminated with this clay and they do not wash their hands.

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The disease can be treated with antiparasitic drugs. In this case, the man received an antiparasitic drug called albendazole and was released from the hospital a day later. During a follow-up visit two weeks later, the man said he felt better and worms had passed out of his stool.

In areas where the worm is common, infection prevention measures include washing your hands with soap and water before handling food; Wash, peel or cook raw vegetables before eating; The CDC says to avoid contact with soil that could be contaminated by human feces.

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