Sunday, September 8, 2013

Answer to Case 273

Answer:  Mucus casts

Mucus casts may be seen in a variety of gastrointestinal disorders and can present as small ragged ropes of mucus or long thicker ropes (as seen in this case).  The following images show the spectrum of mucus casts that may be observed in stool:


All of the viewers correctly noted that these objects were not a parasite, despite their superficial resemblance to various worms.  The keys to identification are the irregular diameter and shape, lack of distinct mouthparts or tail, and ease with which the strands can be pulled apart.  In contrast, actual helminths have a more resilient smooth external cuticle and defined head and tail structures.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those little wight things are tape worm eggs sorry

Bobbi Pritt said...

Thanks for writing Anon. Unfortunately parasite eggs (including tapeworm eggs) are not visible without a microscope. They are not present in any of these images

Daniel K said...

Mucus should dissolve with very hot water. Also, microscope examination of mucus would not reveal any cellular structures. Were these specimens looked at under a microscope ?

Bobbi Pritt said...

Yes, there were no distinct features microscopically

Anonymous said...

This is not mucus, I suffer from these and they are ropeworms. Search for Kerry Rivera and the MMS protocol who is treating autistic children who also expel these ropeworms. Many adults are reporting these in their stools also, just google ropeworms. These are not, I repeat not mucus and the sooner people in the medical establishment acknowledge them the closer we can get to finding a cure.

Keith said...

i coughed something up today that looked exactly like the top picture, on one end it was a bit browned and flattened like the picture and it was very tough i had to rip it apart... you a 100% sure man? just a second reassurance would help alot, thank you!!

Seventh Cavalier said...

FINALLY!! An answer from someone with a scientific background that makes sense and stands up to scrutiny. You've helped lead me much closer to a conclusion regarding the cause of my symptoms that have thus far remained a mystery to me. The overwhelming majority of similar occurrences described by others on various forums are assumed to be various parasites (ROPEWORMS!!) and/or candida, despite a complete lack of empirical data and a consistent disdain for anyone with actual education on the topics at hand.

I have hitherto been unable to secure the assistance of any professional with knowledge of gastrointestinal issues beyond that of a basic MD, and therefore have been forced to be my own doctor for going on 4 months. That it has taken me this long to find the answer to at least one aspect of my symptoms reflects thE level of disinformation that currently exists on the internet, and the complete lack of medical information submitted by actual experts and supported with comprehensive photographic evidence. That one person who posted here has the audacity to suggest that someone who studies parasites for a living is unaware of such a thing, and need only google it to then become an expert is beyond ridiculous and insulting. I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise given the number of people who consistently ignore the scientific community if it suits their ideology.

At any rate, I cannot thank you enough for this little post.

THESE ARE NOT ROPEWORMS, FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE!

To quote John Adams: "FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS: WHATEVER MAY BE OUR WISHES, OUR INCLINATIONS, OR THE DICTATES OF OUR PASSIONS, THEY CANNOT ALTER THE STATE OF FACTS AND EVIDENCE."

Bobbi Pritt said...

Thank you, Seventh Cavalier, for the excellent comment. I agree that patient care needs to be based on facts and good science, rather than passion, mis-information and pseudoscience. There is no evidence to support the existence of rope worms, and in fact, all medical investigations of these "rope worms" shows them to be thick aggregates of mucus. Unfortunately, patients that are diagnosed with "rope worms" have a medical condition causing the excess production of mucus and are most likely not receiving the appropriate treatment because of the misdiagnosis.

Anonymous said...

sorry you are wrong on the rope worm thing, you will learn that later.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it is the MMS that causes the Mucus Casts (ropeworms) by irritaion? The ropeworm/MMS connection could be just another another case of the "cure" causing the disease. Look at the practice of liver flushing: it is the practice itself that creates the saponified oil/bile/cholesterol/Mg conglomerates that are expelled. These are created as a result of ingesting the Olive Oil and MgSO4.

Tertiary syphillis could have been a result of Mercury Poisoning back in the day when Mercury Chloride was used as a "treatment". We all know now that Mercury shouldn't be used for anything except thermometers and barometers. The symptoms of Tertiary Syphillis match closely with those of Mercury Poisoning.

Magical Mineral Solution (MMS) is a ridiculous name for Aqueous Sodium Chlorite. It is not Magical, nor is it Mineral. This was created either as a scam, or to give alternative medicine a bad reputation. It is effectively doing both, but I am not sure who is behind it besides this Jim Humble guy. I very much doubt that Jim Humble is his real name.

Thanks for adressing this issue. People need to speak up online so we can help stop the myths from spreading. People are getting rich through some of the most insidious methods imaginable.

MQ said...

Hello, i also noticed some of that on me. But i noticed that the mucus comes ina tubular form, they are perfect tube like, you can see the hole , like a vein, cutted on the ends right... Is that possible to such mucus come out intact like that? Or is this my gut skin im scared...

MQ said...

Hello, i also noticed some of that on me. But i noticed that the mucus comes ina tubular form, they are perfect tube like, you can see the hole , like a vein, cutted on the ends right... Is that possible to such mucus come out intact like that? Or is this my gut skin im scared...

Anonymous said...

Microscopic features are clearly seen, identified as cells by a microbiologist. You can even see the cell nuclei in Figure 2 here: https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1301/1301.0953.pdf
How would you identify whether these cells are human or not?

Bobbi Pritt said...

Unfortunately, Figure 2 in the website you reference shows a lattice-like matrix as can be seen in mucus, and does not contain any evidence of intact cells. I do not wish to be unfairly negative about this report or continue this argument; however, it must be said that this report was not written by a microbiologist (or even general biologist) and it does not provide any evidence for the existence of ropeworms. It is quite unfortunate that this type of misinformation has led to incorrect diagnosis and treatment of patients with other digestive disorders and no evidence of parasites.

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Sonia Star Morales said...

Dead worms encased in mucus, and Yes tapeworm eggs can be seen with naked eye, they look like white rice. Friend's dog had them , we used plastic spoon carefully pick them up put in jar took to Vet who told us tapeworm eggs.

Bobbi Pritt said...

Hi Sonia,
Unfortunately your friend's vet is incorrect. The structures that you can see passed in a dog's stool are tapeworm proglottids (segments) and not the eggs themselves. The eggs really are microscopic - they CANNOT be seen with the naked eye. This may have just been an accidental misstatement by the vet.

Anonymous said...

So which worm is the last picture??