Texas neurosurgeon removes tapeworm from man's brain in rare procedure

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Neurosurgeon Jordan Amadio, MD, recently removed a tapeworm from a Texas man's brain in a rare neurosurgical procedure, Local21 News reports.

The patient was experiencing severe headaches for months and recently fainted during a soccer game.

A scan of his brain revealed the tapeworm, which physicians believe the patient contracted from eating undercooked pork more than a decade ago in Mexico.

"In certain regions of the country, like Texas and California, this can be more common,” Dr. Amadio, a neurosurgeon with St. Louis-based Ascension Medical Group, told Local21 News. 

"There's something … for every medical professional to be aware of. It is not commonly seen and can actually masquerade as different things."

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