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Can tapeworms infect the brain? how long does it take to get there?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: The term neurocysticercosis is generally accepted to refer to cysts in the parenchyma of the brain. It presents with seizures and, less commonly, headaches.
Dr. Idan Sharon
Neurology 28 years experience
Brain & tapeworm: Taeniasis solium is infection with adult taenia solium worms that follows ingestion of contaminated pork, resulting in intestinal infection. Cysticercosis is infection with larvae of t. Solium, which develop from ova excreted with human feces. Adult worms may cause mild GI symptoms or passage of a motile segment in the stool. Cysticercosis is usually asymptomatic unless larvae invade the cns, .

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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