Long worm lives in man’s foot for 4 years (video)By Mason White 5:34 PM December 15, 2014
|X-ray of the man’s foot|
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man in Australia, underwent surgery after suffering swelling and pain in his foot, doctors said.
Doctors at St. Vincent’s Hospital, said that the parasitic worm that grows up to three feet long was found in the feet of the 38-year-old man.
The man, who currently resides in Melbourne, is believed to have been living with the worm for several years.
The parasite, which usually travels through the walls of the intestines and digs through the body to try to exit through a painful blister in the skin, was recently diagnosed in the migrant of Sudan.
Dr. Jonathan Darby, an infectious disease physician, said that the man sought help for a swollen foot that had been painful for about a year, prompting doctors to wonder if something had been stuck and had caused an infection.
To his surprise, an x-ray showed what appeared to be two pieces of worm in his foot.
Despite their ability to grow to great lengths, the two pieces of worm were only several centimeters long, probably because they had died and began to degenerate.
The worm was surgically removed and the man recovered completely.