Surgeons remove rare tapeworm from man’s brain 4 years after infestation

January 20, 2015 7:37 PM

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Surgeons remove rare tapeworm from man’s brain 4 years after infestation

Four years ago, doctors saw a British man who had been complaining of headaches after visiting China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. They treated him for tuberculosis, but when he returned, he exhibited a host of more bizarre symptoms, CNN reported.

This time, in 2013, the man reported weakness in his legs and was also having seizures. After an examination, doctors determined the cause of his pain: Sparganosis, an infection that is rare outside of Asia and is caused by a parasite. In the case of the British patient, who was not named, the Spiro...

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