Recently on the famous Taiwanese medical program “The Doctor is Hot”, hepatologist and gastroenterologist Ye Bingwei made many people shudder when sharing the story of a female patient who passed out a long tapeworm. meters for eating raw beef.
Doctor Ye Bingwei shared on the show “The Doctor is Hot”
This woman is very young, only about 20 years old and has a stylish appearance. She went to Dr. Ye’s outpatient clinic with a panicked expression, clutching a black plastic bag in her hand.
She said that she had a dull stomach ache, especially in the navel area, or a full stomach, sometimes with diarrhea. The pain was neither severe nor consistent, but persisted for a month and did not go away. Although she used to buy medicine herself, she also visited a general clinic near her home. Specifically, the doctor there said that she only had mild digestive disorders due to stress and eating. Just adjust it in combination with digestive medicine and you’ll be fine.
Until one day, while defecating, she discovered a long white object mixed in the stool. Although she was very alarmed, after researching online, she decided to take it out from the toilet, wash it, wrap it carefully and bring it straight to the clinic. Doctor Ye said, as soon as he saw a white tapeworm about 1 meter long wrapped neatly in the cloth the patient brought him, he was also startled.
It turned out that more than a month ago, this young girl had a trip to Japan. After experiencing it for the first time, she fell in love and many times ate Tataki with chilled beef and eaten raw with fruit sauce. That’s what caused the tapeworm larvae to invade and grow in her stomach for a long time, reaching its current size.
Be careful with beef tapeworms when eating undercooked meat!
Doctor Ye Bingwei said, the beef tapeworm has the scientific name Taenia saginata, belongs to the genus Taenia. It is a hermaphroditic parasite that lives in the intestines of humans. In terms of shape, beef tapeworms can be in the form of eggs, larval cysts or tapeworms with flat, milky white bodies, many nodes but no digestive organs.
When buffaloes and cows eat fluke eggs, it will enter the intestines, hatch larvae, and then enter the circulatory system to return to the heart. Larvae follow the blood to the striated muscles to form larval cysts in the muscles of buffaloes and cows and are often called “cow rice” (cysticercus bovis). Bovine fluke larva cysts often appear in the muscles of the tongue, diaphragm, heart muscle, buttock… of buffaloes and cows.
When people eat buffalo meat, cows with uncooked, raw or raw tapeworm larvae cysts enter the human intestine. After that, the larvae will come out of the cyst, with the head turned out, thanks to suction, the fluke adheres to the intestinal mucosa usually in the upper jejunum.
Here the flukes absorb nutrients and grow, they survive for a long time because the fluke body is resistant to protein-digesting enzymes in the small intestine. Thanks to that they mature and have a length of 4 -10m.
Bovine tapeworms occupy food, weakening the body, and at the same time causing damage to the intestines, enteritis, digestive disorders… Because they crawl around in the stomach, they cause abdominal pain, digestive disorders, and loss of appetite. . Some cases also have symptoms such as weight loss, dizziness, headache, anemia or even low blood pressure.
In particular, flukes cause a feeling of dread when burning old flukes that can automatically crawl out, often found in blankets, mats, and clothes. Like the case of the young girl just mentioned above, long-term parasites cause tapeworms to grow and gradually lack nutrients, they will become thinner and thinner and come out of the anus when defecating.
But the scary thing is that the head of the tapeworm will continue to split to create new segments. Therefore, Dr. Ye emphasized that to cure tapeworm disease, it is necessary to find its head. Many patients have to constantly bring the tapeworm to the doctor to check under the microscope to see if the head has been eliminated.
Human parasitic tapeworms often cause mild disease, easy to treat, but for a long time, it greatly affects health and life, sometimes even life. Therefore, it is best to eat cooked, drink boiled. In addition to buffalo meat, cows should also limit eating pork, fish, horses … raw because they are also very easy to contain tapeworms.
Source and photo: ETtoday, Family Doctor, Eat This