Doctors Find Tapeworms in Man’s Brain

Doctors Find Tapeworms in Man's Brain

( – The thought of worms invading our brains is pretty horrific. However, it does happen occasionally and one man lived with them for years.

On Thursday, November 18, a study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine about a man who had tapeworms in his brain. According to the article, the 38-year-old appeared healthy until his wife woke up one night and found him having a seizure on the floor. She called for medical care, and he was hospitalized. Doctors gave him seizure treatment but found he was unresponsive and staring at the ceiling.

Eventually, the Massachusetts General Hospital diagnosed the man with tapeworm infection. The doctors performed brain scans and blood tests to confirm their suspicions. They believe he may have contracted the parasites two decades earlier when he lived in rural Guatemala.

Doctors think he ate a meal prepared by another person who had a tapeworm infection, as parasitic infections were common in his area.

Edward T. Ryan, one of the study’s co-authors, told the Washington Post that the man’s case was unusual because he didn’t have any living parasites in his brain for at least a decade. All of the parasites were dead and calcified, but the scarring they left behind was causing the issues.

The man was eventually released from the hospital with anti-seizure medication. Ryan said, “The good news is he continues to do well and be seizure-free.”

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