Human anaerobic intestinal "rope" parasites

Arxiv 01/2013;
Source: arXiv


Human intestinal helminths are described in this paper. They can be over a
meter long, with an irregular cylindrical shape, resembling a rope. These
anaerobic intestinal "rope" parasites differ significantly from other
well-known intestinal parasites. Rope parasites can leave human body with
enemas, and are often mistaken for intestinal lining, feces, or decayed remains
of other parasites. Rope parasites can attach to intestinal walls with suction
bubbles, which later develop into suction heads. Walls of the rope parasites
consist of scale-like cells forming multiple branched channels along the
parasite's length. Rope parasites can move by jet propulsion, passing gas
bubbles through these channels. Currently known antihelminthic methods include
special enemas. Most humans are likely hosting these helminths.

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