US Man's Headache Caused by Tapeworm Larvae Lodged in His Brain

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  November 7, 2015 at 5:54 PM General Health News
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In a shocking case, a California man suffering from violent headaches was found to have a tapeworm larvae lodged in his brain. Doctors said, "The pupal parasite burrowed in the brain of Luis Ortiz, 26, a student in Sacramento, came close to taking his life."
 US Man's Headache Caused by Tapeworm Larvae Lodged in His Brain
US Man's Headache Caused by Tapeworm Larvae Lodged in His Brain

Neurosurgeon Dr. Soren Singel said, "The tapeworm was forming in a cyst that blocked the flow of water to chambers in Ortiz's brain, like a cork in a bottle."

Ortiz, who had gone to the hospital emergency room complaining of terrible headaches and nausea, eventually slipped into a coma, and required emergency surgery to remove the tapeworm larvae. On recovery Ortiz said, "I was shocked. I just couldn't believe something like that would happen to me. I didn't know there was a parasite in my head trying to ruin my life."

Ortiz further added, "During my convalescence, I had to drop out of school, move back home, and for now I can't drive or work. My memory is like a work in progress. My overall brain function is slowly improving thanks to therapy."

Source: AFP

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