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The Last Thing You'd want in your brain - Tapeworm

Updated Thursday 13 August 2020 17:20
The Last Thing You'd want in your brain - Tapeworm
This should be a lesson to everyone, because once it happens, you may get less than 30 minutes to live. After suffering from the “worst headache of his life,” this student at Sacramento State in California, was rushed to Queen of the Valley Medical Center by paramedics in August. His name is Luis Ortiz, 26. Brain scan revealed there was a wiggling tapeworm living inside his brain.

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Then he had just 30 minutes to live on, unless a successful brain sugery was possible. 

What could lead to tapeworm going inside your brain?

Well, the doctors gave him three reasons:

  1. Uncooked pork or generally every meat
  2. Swimming in a contaminated river
  3. Going to a third world country (No to this one)
But it was removed successfully and the man lived. The US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports larval cysts in the brain - neurocysticercosis - develop after a person swallows microscopic eggs passed in the faeces of a person who has an intestinal pork tapeworm.

Once inside the body, those eggs hatch and the worms can make their way to the brain. The CDC says approximately 1,000 people per year are hospitalised for neurocysticercosis and removal of the larvae.

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