X-ray bandworm in the backbone of women.
By Lilly Price, USA Today
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A 35-year-old French woman went to the emergency room to report a stinging electrical sensation in the legs and the trouble walking. The reason: A banner invaded in her backbone – swelling so much that prevented her ability to walk.
In a New England Journal of Medicine essay, doctors of Marine Jacquier and Lionel Piroth of Center Hospitalier Universitaire de Dijon in Dijon, France, explained how the woman had fallen several times and the stinging feeling in her legs "had gone and she noted that she had had difficulty riding the horse during the previous 3 months. "
The doctors decided to take an X-ray of her spine, revealing a large, round object embedded in her spinal column that blocks her central nervous system. After the operation to remove the object, the physicians discovered that there was a parasite in their larval stage.
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The parasite was Echinococcus granulosus, also known as a dog band mask, which is not often found in humans. When bandworm was in her body, the cyst formed her spine.
The woman owned a cat, had contact with cattle and riding horses, but it is unknown how exactly she came into contact with a bandworm. After removing the back mask, she was put on antiparasitic medicine and recovered, according to Jacquier and Piroth.
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