Watch parasitic worms get pulled from man’s abdomen after surprise discovery during routine surgery


Doctors discovered five liver flukes in the man’s biliary tract, pictured above. (Image credit: The New England Journal of Medicine ©2023.)

When a man in China went to the hospital for routine surgery, his doctors found something far more unusual: live worms squirming inside his abdomen. 

Using a small camera inserted into the 70-year-old’s abdomen — who was due to undergo surgery to remove a tumor to treat colon cancer — doctors discovered five large, brown parasitic worms in his biliary tract, the collection of organs and connecting tubes that the body uses to produce, store and secrete bile — a yellowy-green fluid that aids fat digestion. 


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