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(Daily Mail)   When tapeworms start burrowing their way into your brain, it's time to stop volunteering in Madagascar   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 8
    More: Scary, Madagascar, Sherry Fuller, contaminated food, cysts, neurosurgeons  
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2013-05-08 09:57:32 PM  
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Kyndig: My wife is friends with someone who got a worm from street food in Southeast Asia.  It's currently attached to his brainstem, slowly eating through it.  It can't be removed without killing him.  He'll eventually start losing body functions and die.  That is now officially the worst way I have ever heard of to go.



That sounds like some heavy duty bullshiat. If this person has a worm near/in the brain stem it's likely a taenia genus worm, those are completely treatable with albendazole. There have also been quite a few cases of the parasite being removed through surgery.
2013-05-08 09:40:28 PM  
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2013-05-09 01:24:29 AM  
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tuckeg: I spent three weeks in Madagascar last September. Have had a couple of unusual medical issues since then. Just the other night had vertigo for the first time in my life (woke up with the room spinning like crazy, the red and green LEDs on different electronics looked pretty cool flying around me). Maybe it's time for a visit to the doctor's office.


As someone who as spent more days of my life in hospitals...especially third world hospitals...than I care to recount you should go to the doctor if symptoms persist. The thing you must insist on is that your doctor(s) talks about your case with a tropical disease specialist. You must insist to the point of being pushy because otherwise it will not get done. Most doctors in America have no experience with tropical diseases and are totally clueless and they will, like the case with this lady, tell one they have a brain tumor or HIV or something else that is manifest nonsense. Which is why in some cases I preferred to deal with third world hospitals despite watching scorpions crawl across the ceiling above my head: the doctors knew what they were dealing with, having seen it before. (Just make sure third world doctors do not poke you with anything that you haven't seen unwrapped from the plastic right before your very eyes).

/the time I got worms is an amusing story as it even surprised the local doctor who was quite certain I had something else.
2013-05-08 10:22:32 PM  
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Meethos: Kyndig: My wife is friends with someone who got a worm from street food in Southeast Asia.  It's currently attached to his brainstem, slowly eating through it.  It can't be removed without killing him.  He'll eventually start losing body functions and die.  That is now officially the worst way I have ever heard of to go.


That sounds like some heavy duty bullshiat. If this person has a worm near/in the brain stem it's likely a taenia genus worm, those are completely treatable with albendazole. There have also been quite a few cases of the parasite being removed through surgery.


I'm gonna go with you on that too. There are to my knowledge no multicellular parasites immune to Praziquantel even if some of the side effects can be pretty nasty. I'm pretty sure it beats being turned into worm snacks in vivo
2013-05-08 09:55:21 PM  
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Astorix: Actually this is trichinosis, a common parasitic worm caused by eating raw, undercooked pork, or water with pig poop in it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cysticercosis

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OM NOM NOM NOM. SWISS CHEESE BRAIN.

/Actually just cysts sitting on top of it.
2013-05-08 09:25:26 PM  
1 votes:
But it was only a fantasy.  The wall was too high as you can see.  No matter how he tried, he could not break free.
2013-05-08 09:15:35 PM  
1 votes:
Well, I have nothing to add.
2013-05-08 08:59:14 PM  
1 votes:
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EVERYTHING
 
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