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Eerie ultrasound uncovers squirming parasitic worms as source of man’s abdominal pain

A 20-year-old man admitted to hospital after complaining of abdominal pain has learned that he had been harbouring parasitic worms after an ultrasound revealed the macabre find.

Medical experts writing in the New England Journal of Medicine said the man from New Delhi, India, had been admitted to hospital complaining of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting.

According to the journal, that’s where doctors conducting an ultrasound of the man’s abdomen noticed a “tubular … structure that moved with a curling motion”.

Doctors were able to use a stool sample to find more of the parasite’s eggs in the man’s abdomen and confirm that he was suffering from Ascaris lumbricoides – what’s more commonly referred to as roundworms.

Doctors conducting an ultrasound of the man’s abdomen noticed a “tubular…structure that moved with a curling motion”. Credit: New England Journal of Medicine

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