It seems to be the week for gross-out news reports... Now for another beauty pageant following yesterday’s (5 Nov) report on a Tapeworm Tumour:-
Luis Ortiz--a final-year student at Sacramento State University, USA--was admitted to a hospital in Napa with what he called the worst headache of his life.
Neurosurgeon Soren Singel performed a brain-scan & discovered that the larva of a tapeworm was lodged in Luis’ brain. The larva had grown a cyst, and a baby tapeworm was developing inside that cyst. Meanwhile, the cyst was cutting off circulation to the rest of his brain. Soren informed Luis that he had 30 minutes to live. Some minutes later the doctor pulled it out of his brain & said “it’s still wriggling”.
You think that that is bad? It’s about to get worse...
Larval cysts in the brain are called “neurocysticercosis”, and the CDC reckons that about 1,000 folks each year need to have such a cyst removed from their brain. The epidemiology is as follows:-
Luis had his surgery in August 2015; all that remains now is a small red line on his forehead, marking the spot where the cyst was removed. He is pleased that he did not leave it too long before going to the surgeon, and is hoping to commence his final year some time soon.
--------- Alex Kemp