Shocking images show doctors remove cyst the size of a fist from teen’s brain
SHOCKING images have revealed the moment medics removed a giant cyst from a teenager’s brain.
Doctors in India said the boy escaped death after discovering the parasitic tapeworm.
The unnamed 14-year-old had been suffering from headaches and vomiting for a month prior to the gruesome discovery.
He was taken to the hospital, where doctors performed an MRI scan that revealed a massive cyst.
After tests, he was diagnosed with a form of echinococcosis, an infectious disease caused by tapeworms.
He is believed to have contracted it after coming into contact with infected livestock or dog feces.
Humans can become infected by ingesting parasite eggs in contaminated food, water or soil, or after direct contact with animal hosts, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
After a craniotomy, in which a small hole was cut in the skull exposing the brain, the large cyst was successfully removed.
Video footage shows doctors carefully separating the cyst wall from the brain to avoid rupturing.
According to local reports, two weeks after his discharge, the boy returned to school and resumed his normal activities – but the situation could have been fatal if left untreated.
More than a million people are affected by echinococcosis at any one time, according to the WHO.
Because the cysts are slow-growing infections, people with the condition may not show any symptoms for years, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Many people who are diagnosed are likely to be struggling with upper abdominal and chest pain or discomfort.
You might also experience vomiting or coughing as a result of the mass growth, the CDC said.
The rupture of the cyst fluid can lead to an allergic reaction or even death, the medics warned.
The case study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
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