Doctors remove 6-foot-long tapeworm from patient through his mouth 

Tapeworms are generally loathsome and creepy parasites, and it turns out their removal can be pretty unsavory as well.

A medical report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that doctors in India rid a man of a roughly 6-foot long tapeworm by pulling it through his mouth.

The patient had complained that he'd been experiencing stomach pain and lethargy for roughly two months.

See more related to health:

16 PHOTOS
Health Rankings: Top 15 states
See Gallery
Health Rankings: Top 15 states

15. Idaho

Overall score: 0.356

(Photo by Darin Fan via Getty Images)

14. Rhode Island

Overall score: 0.422

(Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel via Getty Images)

13. New York

Overall score: 0.430

(Photo via Getty Images)

12. Nebraska

Overall score: 0.432

(Photo via Shutterstock)

11. North Dakota

Overall score: 0.473

(Photo by Joe Sohm via Getty Images)

10. Colorado

Overall score: 0.559

(Photo via Getty Images)

9. New Jersey

Overall score: 0.571

(Photo via Shutterstock / Andrew F. Kazmierski)

8. Utah

Overall score: 0.578

(Photo via Getty Images)

7. Washington

Overall score: 0.582

(Photo via Getty Images)

6. New Hampshire

Overall score: 0.696

(Photo via Alamy)

5. Vermont

Overall score: 0.709

(Photo via Getty Images)

4. Minnesota

Overall score: 0.727

(Photo via Shutterstock)

3. Connecticut

Overall score: 0.747

(Photo by Denis Jr. Tangney via Getty Images)

2. Massachusetts

Overall score: 0.760

(Photo via Getty Images)

1. Hawaii

Overall score: 0.905

(Photo via Getty Images)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Tests revealed the culprit was a tapeworm, part of which had descended into the colon, reports the Daily Mail.

The rest of it was living inside the man's small intestine.

Dr. Cyriac Philips, one of the doctors involved in the extraction, commented that it was the largest tapeworm he had ever seen.

The patient is said to be doing well.

Read Full Story