Doctors Found 14 Live Worms in Woman's Body

A woman went to a hospital in India complaining of terrible stomach pain. The woman had let the condition go on for six long months until she couldn't take it anymore. Doctors quickly gave her a scan and found that she had some parasites in her bile duct.

They posted a video online showing the surgical procedure in which they removed more than a dozen worms.

The 38-year-old woman had suffered for months from fever, vomiting, jaundice and pain. It got so bad that she couldn't even stand up anymore. She went to one hospital, but they just diagnosed her with an infection and sent her home with a prescription for anti-biotics.

When that didn’t help, she found herself seeking a second opinion.

She finally went to Fortis Hospital in New Deli, where doctors gave her a scan to see what was wrong. When they finally figured it out, she was not expecting the news.

The doctors found the woman, known only as Sunita, had 14 roundworms in her bile duct. The worms measured between six and eight inches long, and were squirming around inside of her.

The woman was immediately rushed into surgery to have the worms removed. Using endoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical technique. Endoscopic surgery involves going through a small opening or incision using a tiny camera so doctors can see the problem from within.

The images are stomach-churning, showing the writhing worms inside of the woman's organs. Doctors gently pulled them all out, laying them side-by-side on a table to show how long and thick the worms were.

According to the lead surgeon, Dr. Arvind Khurana, it is very rare for large roundworms to be found in the bile duct. Doctors believed they entered the woman's organs because eggs contaminated the soil in which the woman's food was grown.

She probably ate something contaminated, bringing the worms into her gut, where they hatched and grew.

"Sunita underwent an endoscopic procedure. This was a daunting task. All [the] worms were removed using snares and forceps," the doctor later reported. "While it is common to find worms in intestines, it is uncommon for them to be found in the bile duct."

He notes that contamination is widespread throughout the country. "India has the highest number of cases related to worms as the deworming medication is not routinely administered. However, to see 14 worms is extremely rare," he said.

"The patient had taken a second opinion at other hospitals, which had misdiagnosed the condition and prescribed antibiotics for the pain."

"Once properly diagnosed, we managed to remove all the roundworms in a single session," Dr. Khurana added. "Immediately after the removal, the patient was pain free."

Sunita is just glad that it’s over, and is looking forward to moving on with her life. All in all, it could have been something much worse, and much less treatable.

"My pain was so bad I could barely stand. I had lost over 12kg (26lbs) in a month," said the patient. "Thankfully they were able to diagnose my condition. Once the surgery was completed I was completely pain free. I am recovering and feeling much better now."

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: You Tube, Healthline

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