Tapeworm Larvae in Brain Cause Woman’s HEADACHE for Years

Tapeworm Larvae in Brain Cause Woman’s HEADACHE for Years

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A woman in Australia has recently found out that a tapeworm larvae was the reason of her persistent headache.

According to television channel Fox News, experts described it as the first autochthonous case of neurocysticercosis.

It is parasitic disease that occurs after one accidentally ingests Taenia solium or pork tapeworm eggs.

“Humans become infected after consuming undercooked food, particularly pork, or water contaminated with tapeworm eggs,” said the World Health Organization.

According to her medical reports, the woman suffered headaches two to three times a month from the time she was 18.

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Painkillers would usually provide her relief, but her headache was persistent, leading her to seek medical attention.

Following an MRI scan, doctors initially thought she either had brain abscess or a tumor.

However, when the woman went in for an operation to remove the brain lesion, they discovered a cyst full of tapeworm larvae.

Luckily, she did not require further treatment after the operation as she had a low risk of infection.

If left untreated, the larvae can travel through her body and invade other tissues, leading to a condition called cysticercosis.

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