Queen of the Valley Medical Center by paramedics in August, after
suffering from the “worst headache of his life.”
and doctors performed emergency brain surgery. Using a tool equipped
with a camera, surgeons removed the larvae of a parasitic tapeworm
living in a cyst that was blocking off circulation to the rest of his
“The doctor pulled it out and he said it was still wiggling, and I’m
like ‘ugh, that doesn’t sound too good.’ “I stood up and then I threw up
Like, what are the odds I’d get a parasite in my head?” Luis told CBS San Francisco.
parasitic disease in the brain is actually relatively common but
extremely underreported. Indeed, similar cases have been reported
“They told me it was uncooked pork or if I went swimming in the river or
if I’ve been to a third world country, and I was like, ‘I haven’t done
any of that recently.’ But I don’t know how long that worm was in my
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.
“It’s probably more gratifying to me to be living, because if I would
have waited a little bit longer, then I probably wouldn’t be here right
now,” he told CBS San Francisco.
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