A 26 years-old man suddenly develops epilepsy and baffled doctors soon discovered a live tapeworm has find its way in to his brain.

  • Live tapeworm removed from the man’s brain after onset epilepsy.
  • 10cm tapeworm lodged in his brain – from grilled food he loves
  • Dr. Wang Chunliang said, “The worm was still alive when we took it out,” said Wang. “It was springy, white all over, and could swim.”
  • China has a tapeworm problem were numerous cases was reported in recent years

The unexplained epilepsy of the patient known only by his surname Liu left medical specialist puzzled when they could not find any medical cause for it.

The parasite was discovered after a blood tests had revealed the presence of Spirometra mansoni, a kind of tapeworm, in his brain.

Dr. Wang Chunliang, who led Liu’s treatment at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University said,

“The worm was still alive when we took it out,” said Wang. “It was springy, white all over, and could swim.”

A live 10cm tapeworm lodged in patient’s brain was immediately removed was believed to have found its way into Liu’s brain from his love of grilled food.

According to him. he had been in general good health until recent months, when he had started suffering a series of epileptic fits.

Expert Guo Hui, president of Shanghai Neuromedical Centre, told South China Morning Post this cases can happen in areas where water supply was unhealthy or people were used to eating uncooked or half-cooked meat and seafood.

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A worm or its egg is not killed by proper cooking, it can travel through the blood to the brain or other organs.

“Because the brain receives nearly a quarter of the human body’s blood supply, the possibility of a worm reaching the brain and staying there is relatively higher than for other organs,” Guo said.

Apparently. China has been battling tapeworm problem were numerous cases was reported in recent years.

Via: scmp