An Australian lady found out that she had tapeworm larvae in her brain after experiencing chronic headaches for years.
According to the woman, 25, she would get headaches 2 or 3 times a month for the past 7 years. While she was taking migraine drugs, her most recent bout lasted for more than 7 days & caused more severe symptoms.
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging found a growth on her brain. Doctors who performed operation believed it was tumor but after removing it they discovered it was a cyst with tapeworm larvae.
The disease, which is called neurocysticercosis, is often fatal & can cause other diseases like epilepsy. It’s not known how the woman, who worked as a barista, had ingested tapeworm eggs, but it can be contracted by consuming undercooked meat, especially pork, or food that was prepared in unsanitary conditions.