Sumary of Disgusting find in man’s brain:
- A 38-year-old man who presented to hospital with an “altered mental status” left doctors stunned when they viewed a scan of his brain.
- A man hospitalised with mysterious seizures and an “altered mental status” had tapeworms living in his brain for decades, according to researchers.
- In a case study published last week in The New England Journal of Medicine, experts from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School said the 38-year-old man was initially evaluated following his first seizure and had been “speaking gibberish”.
- The man, who had immigrated from rural Guatemala, was combative and disoriented until he arrived at the hospital, where he had a witnessed generalised tonic-clonic seizure, Fox News reports.
- The doctors gave him two doses of lorazepam administered intravenously seven minutes apart, and an endotracheal tube was placed for airway protection.
- A chest radiograph taken was normal, and the team eventually diagnosed the patient, noting in the study that among patients presenting with an apparent first seizure, obtaining the clinical history is key.
- Cole also noted that electroencephalography (EEG), which is “extremely useful in classifying the seizure problem,” is also rarely performed rapidly in the emergency department.
- “On the basis of the features of the patient’s presentation, the fact that he had been healthy the day before the seizure, and his history of living in a rural area of Guatemala, neurocysticercosis is the most likely diagnosis in this case.