When is it relieved to hear that the parasite is hidden in your brain?
If it’s not brain cancer.
This is a recent experience from a 42-year-old New Yorker, Rachel Palma, who went to the doctor’s office because of strange symptoms. For example, he had difficulty remembering words and suddenly dropped items such as coffee cups, according to WABC-TV local news.
When doctors scanned his brain with MRI, they saw lesions that looked very strange, Dr. Jonathan Rasul, Neurosurgery Healthcare at Mount Sinai in New York, who treats patients. Based on this scan and the symptoms of women “We … that this lesion has the potential to become malignant,” the Apostle told Live Science. In particular, doctors suspect that it is a malignant brain tumor, an aggressive cancer that can be life-threatening.
When the doctors performed surgical removal of the lesion, they found a big surprise. Instead of seeing soft tissue typical of brain tumors, they see something more like a quail stone or egg, Rassuli said.
“What we saw in the operation was not what we expected,” Rasuley said.
They lift the lesion, place it under a microscope and cut the tissue. Then they see a baby ring.
“It’s a relief to see that instead of having a malignant brain tumor,” he suffered from tapeworms, said the Apostle.
Palma is diagnosed with neurocysticercosis, a parasitic disease that occurs when a person swallows microscopic pork tapeworm eggs (Taenia solium). When eggs hatch, larvae can travel throughout the body, including the brain, muscles, skin and eyes where they form cysts, according to the World Health Organization.
Although larvae can travel anywhere in the body, they have a special affinity for the brain because of the body’s high blood flow, said the Apostle.
After parasitic cysts have been removed, Palma no longer needs to be treated for this condition.
Although rare in the United States, tapeworms are widespread in developing countries, including countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
But there is still a big mystery: how does Palma get to parasites? There seems to be no risk factor for neurocysticosis – he hasn’t left the country or has disgusting meat.
The puzzle was never solved, but Palma had decided not to worry about it anymore. “I stopped asking questions and started celebrating and making the most of my life,” Palma said for WABC-TV.