With these conditions, doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, told Rachel Palma that they suspected a lesion in her brain was a tumor. Even the scan results showed that it was cancer.
The woman from Middletown was shocked, not wanting to believe it was true.
Jonathan Rasouli, head of neurosurgery at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital said: In September last year, surgeons carefully prepared the operation of Palma's skull to search for a block. u.
However, they did not see any tumors, instead there was a round bun of the same size as a quail egg.
They removed it from Palma's brain, sliced and placed under a microscope: It was a tapeworm.
"Of course I feel very disgusting," 42-year-old female patient said. "I feel much more relieved, the doctors say they need to follow up but have to treat more."
Palma said she struggled with insomnia and nightmares for a long time. Even appearing hallucinations, imagining things that are not real.
By about 1/2018, the symptoms became much worse. At this stage, she began to have difficulty grasping furniture, such as frequently dropping coffee cups.
Holding a smartphone for texting is also very difficult, Palma has to switch to phone calls.
The poor woman felt bewildered, she used to lock herself in the house or go to work without a uniform, to the place where she could only look at the screen unconsciously.
Feeling unbearable, Palm went to the hospital and was immediately taken to the emergency room of Mount Sinai – where brain experts discovered lesions in the left frontal lobe, near the speech control area.
Dr. Rasouli said that the shape and way of the lesions that appear on the MRI test make them diagnose grief for Palma: Brain cancer.
But what Palma first showed was not cancer, but neurosis caused by parasitic Taenia solium tapering in the brain.
Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at the Clinic and Mayo Clinic, said Taenia solium is not common in the United States, but when humans are infected, parasites can appear in two forms. different.
The most common type is adult tapeworm, which usually infects the body through uncooked meat, which is often parasitic in the intestine.
The second type, more rarely, is the tapeworm's eggs that hatch into larvae, enter the intestinal wall and follow the blood that moves throughout the body, including the brain. Larvae exist as cysts filled with fluids.
Pritt said adults can be easily treated with antiparasitic drugs. The larval form may be more complicated, depending on the location and stage of infection.
"I want people to understand that this incident rarely happens and, a headache doesn't mean you have tapeworms in your brain."
The most important part of this story, is the happy ending for 42-year-old women.
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