A video has shown the stomach-churning moment a doctor pulled 14 huge roundworms from a woman’s bile duct.
The patient, named only as Sunita, 38, visited hospital after suffering severe abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and episodes of jaundice for six months.
But when she underwent a CT scan, more than a dozen live roundworms were found wriggling in the bile duct – which connects the liver and intestines.
In the footage, the creatures can be seen writhing around as surgeons from Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, India attempt to remove them.
They finally manage to do so using medical instruments.
Pictures then show the 14 creatures lying out in all their length on the operating table.
One of the reasons for the sheer number of the worms is that they reproduce in the human gut after eggs from adult worms enter the human food chain.
“My pain was so bad that I could barely stand on my feet,” Sunita said after the operation.
“I had lost over 12 kilos (26lbs) in a span of a month. 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.”
Dr. Arvind Khurana, head of gastroenterology at the hospital, said “This was a daunting task. All worms were removed using snares and forceps.
He added Sunita is now pain-free following the successful procedure.
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