Friday, June 10, 2011


Okay you have been warned...

A few years ago a person presented with a headache and dizziness. Of course, there can be many reasons for said symptoms, so the usual array of tests were ordered including a head CT. Here comes the gross part..CT results: tapeworms in the brain. Yeah worms in the brain. Allow me to explain...WARNING: gets grosser.

These parasite can live in pork. If the meat is undercooked guess what happens? Yeah right into your tummy and attaches itself to your intestine. When it enters your body it is in an immature stage and it matures in your intestine. WARNING: GROSS! GROSS! GROSS! The worms lay eggs. Lots and lots of eggs. They pass out through your stool. You don't wash your hands, your hands go in your mouth at some point and with it go you know what. These eggs can enter your bloodstream and travel to different parts of your body including your brain. They mature into worms there. (okay have you vomitted yet?)

They can cause dizziness, headaches, vomitting, sometimes seizures. The treatment is drugs that get rid of parasites and steroids. Sometimes surgery is required. They can kill you if they affect the brain stem.

I don't think I'll ever eat pork again. I love my job.


Sassy said...

Cysticercosis, yum yum!

nursing_rants said...

yep that is gross.

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