Ascaris lumbricoides.
This did not sit well during  lecture. This is a parasite, specifically a kind of intestinal helminth.  You can get this parasite inside of you by ingesting contaminated foods  laced with its eggs. The larvae hatch from the eggs in your small  intestine and then proceed to enter your blood stream to reach the  lungs, where they grow in the alveoli. When matured, they move up the  bronchus, causing coughing and swallowing of the larvae where they  eventually mature into adults in your large intestine.
The adults  can get up to 20-30cm in length. For most people this infection is  asymptomatic, but if there is large numbers of matured ascaris in your  colon, you can get obstruction and that can get nasty really fast. Just imagine a plumbing pipe clogged with lots and lots of hair. With that last description and the above imagery, I may have ruined spaghetti for you forever.

Ascaris lumbricoides.

This did not sit well during lecture. This is a parasite, specifically a kind of intestinal helminth. You can get this parasite inside of you by ingesting contaminated foods laced with its eggs. The larvae hatch from the eggs in your small intestine and then proceed to enter your blood stream to reach the lungs, where they grow in the alveoli. When matured, they move up the bronchus, causing coughing and swallowing of the larvae where they eventually mature into adults in your large intestine.

The adults can get up to 20-30cm in length. For most people this infection is asymptomatic, but if there is large numbers of matured ascaris in your colon, you can get obstruction and that can get nasty really fast. Just imagine a plumbing pipe clogged with lots and lots of hair. With that last description and the above imagery, I may have ruined spaghetti for you forever.

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    The size of Ascaris masses, and their convoluted journey through the host, are just astounding to me. Amazing creatures!
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    Nematoda !!
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    lumbricoides Why do i love Parasitology
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    Parasites and dermatology are two areas of medicine that I’m currently not that into. Although, if you want to change my...
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    OMG this could be in your body right now… ps. Your welcome
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    Well then. This makes me think twice about the five-second rule but erm, dude, I’d still eat food off of the ground...
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    oh god. oh god. oh god. sometimes I hate the medical field
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    Interesting. How come something can grow that big… and we don’t notice anything about it? Even parasites have evolved to...
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    Interesting. How come something can grow that big… and we don’t notice anything about it? Even parasites have evolved to...

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