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Tapeworm Removed From Brain of a Texas Man After Over a Decade

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In what has been described as a “miracle,” a man known only as Gerardo from Texas has had a tapeworm successfully removed from his brain. It had been there for more than a decade! Doctors believe Gerardo became a host for the tapeworm after eating some undercooked pork in Mexico more than 10 years ago.

Gerardo stated in press reports that after a fainting spell during a game of soccer last year, he got an MRI. Prior to this he had been suffering from headaches and “feeling off” for a period of months. In Spanish, he told reporters of experiencing intense pain, so much so that he would vomit. Nonetheless, he was certainly shocked when it was revealed by MRI that he had a tapeworm in his brain.

Tapeworm Removed From Brain of a Texas Man After Over a Decade

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,) there are a variety of tapeworm types that are found throughout the world which cause taeniasis, a parasitic infection. The consumption of pork or beef which is undercooked is the principal risk factor for such infection. Since most people who have tapeworm infections show no signs or only mild symptoms, it’s difficult to detect.

Tapeworm Removed From Brain of a Texas Man After Over a Decade

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The neurosurgeon who performed Gerardo’s brain surgery at Ascension Seton, Dr. Jordan Amadio, said that his case was “rare and truly extraordinary.” Curiously enough, Gerardo’s sister also had a tapeworm discovered in her brain some years before. Following his surgery to remove the tapeworm, which was fairly complex, Gerardo says he’s feeling like his old self, and he has made a return to work. “In certain regions of the country, like Texas and California, this can be more common. So, there’s definitely something, I think, for every medical professional to be aware of. It is not commonly seen and can actually masquerade as different things,” Amadio explained, according to ksnblocal4.com.