Doctors Find Tapeworm Inside British Man’s Brain, First In U.K.

January 20, 2015 6:16 PM

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A British man of Chinese descent traveled to China and after returning to the United Kingdom, he began to experience symptoms including headaches, which caused doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge, to treat him for tuberculosis, but when he returned, “he had new symptoms,” according to Dr. Effrossyni Gkrania-Klotsas, as a tapeworm inside of his brain was pushing on a new part of his brain which caused a weakness in his legs and seizures.

It was realized in 2013 that the man’s condition was the result of a Spirometra tapeworm infection. My Fox 8 reports there are three types of tapeworms which can readily infect the brain. According to Helena Helmby from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the pork tapeworm is the one...

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