Brain Tapeworms Spread From Larvae That Characteristically Travels

A new study suggests that humans can get tapeworms in the brain, a condition known as neurocysticercosis, which is more common than you think and a real epidemic. It can be caused by undercooked pork and normally treated with a drug called Praziquantel.

A recent article in Discovery Magazine explains how when a human can get neurocysticercosis by consuming meat that isn’t cooked all the way. The tapeworm still thinks it’s in the animal. So, it acts the identical way in the human host living in the intestinal track, and it subsequently releases larvae that characteristically travels through the animal’s blood stream until it attaches itself to a muscle.

It is doing the duplicate thing in a human, but is traveling in the blood stream through the brain where it becomes trapped in blood-filled pockets and then attaches itself, and shows up appearing like white cysts.

According to the article, Dr. Theodore Nash has patients who suffer from horrible side-effects as a result of the tapeworm brain damage. They include comas, loss of motor functions, violent seizures or blindness. The developing worm actually burrows holes, and channels throw the brain.

Nash went on to explain that the parasitic brain affliction may be more prevalent than most think. He says there are currently about 2,000 people in America that suffer from a brain tapeworm. The most common place for the problem to develop, is where there is poor sanitization. Nash says he believes about 29 million people in Latin America could be suffering from a brain tapeworm.

Nash says there is treatment available for those who may suffer the health problem, but it is a dangerous one that causes the brain to swell, and that researchers are currently working on a safer remedy.

Adult tapeworms living in a human intestine could grow to several feet long and lay more than 50,000 eggs.

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