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Bizarre Medical First: Live and Wriggling Parasitic Worm Discovered in Australian Woman Brain



Bizarre Medical First: Live and Wriggling Parasitic Worm Discovered in Australian Woman Brain

“Unprecedented Medical Marvel: Live Worm Extracted from Australian Woman’s Brain in World’s First Case”

In a groundbreaking medical revelation, doctors successfully removed a live eight-centimeter worm from the brain of a 64-year-old Australian woman in a pioneering surgery. The patient, who had been enduring a series of health issues for an extended period, was admitted to the Australian National University (ANU) and Canberra Hospital. The medical team’s astonishing discovery of an “alive and wriggling” Ophidascaris robertsi roundworm within her brain left them astounded, as this parasite had hitherto only been observed in carpet python snakes and kangaroos. The worm’s larvae were also suspected of having invaded other organs in her body, including the lungs and liver.

Dr. Sanjaya Senanayake, a hospital doctor and infectious disease expert, expressed, “This is the first-ever human case of Ophidascaris to be described in the world. To our knowledge, this is also the first case to involve the brain of any mammalian species, human or otherwise.”

The patient, originating from New South Wales, initially sought medical attention at a local hospital in 2021 due to symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. By 2022, signs of forgetfulness and depression had manifested, prompting her referral to the Canberra hospital. An MRI scan of her brain disclosed abnormalities necessitating surgical intervention. Subsequent DNA testing post the brain scan confirmed the presence of the parasite.

The researchers’ hypothesis is that the woman contracted the infection while foraging for edible shrubs near her residence. It is presumed that these shrubs were contaminated with parasitic larvae from snake excrement.

While this case marks the world’s first instance of such an infection, Dr. Senanayake believes that “it is likely that other cases will be recognized in coming years.” The study detailing this unprecedented occurrence has been published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscores that over 60% of known infectious diseases in humans can be transmitted from animals, and three out of four new or emerging infectious diseases originate from animals.

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