Man Complains Of Headaches, Doctors Find Worm Living Inside His Brain

If you’re squeamish, here’s a story you might not want to hear.

Doctors in England were having a hard time figuring out what was giving a Chinese man headaches and seizures and causing disturbances in his sense of smell. After the 50-year-old man tested negative for various diseases, a series of brain scans revealed the cause of the strange symptoms — a tapeworm had been living inside the man’s brain for four years. Freaky!

The parasite measured about one centimeter in length and had tunneled five centimeters through the man’s brain before surgeons removed it in 2012, The Guardian reported. The man is now reportedly cured of the infection.

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Over the course of four years, the worm migrated 5 cm from the right side of the brain to the left, as shown by the cluster of ring-enhancing lesions the larvae produced.

Researchers identified the parasite as a Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, a rare species of tapeworm normally found in China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Only 300 cases of infection by the parasite have been reported in humans.

Scientists believe that Spirometra erinaceieuropaei may be contracted by eating crustaceans and reptiles that harbor it, or by using a —> Read More Here


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