Saturday, January 5, 2013
Maggots In The Brain
This is the case of Mr. Shota Fujiwara, a japanese man from Gifu Prefecture.
He complains incessantly about a persistent headache.
Mr. Shota Fujiwara loves his sashimi and sushi very much to the extent of trying to get them as "alive and fresh" as can be.
He developes a severe headache for the past 3 years and has put it off as migraine and stress from work.
It was only when he started losing his psycomotor skills that he seeks medical help.
A brain scan and x-ray reveals little however.
But upon closer inspection by a specialist on his scalp, the doctor noticed small movements beneath his skin.
It was then that the doctor did a local anaesthetic to his scalp and discovered the cause when tiny worms crawled out.
A major surgery was thus immediately called for and the extent of the infestation was horrific!
The worms on the head of Shota Fujiwara are actually the parasites that usually found on the body of raw fish.
A man gets an ingrown hair on his head.
After some time, it gets infected and the man gets a boil.
Weeks are passing and the boil is still growing every day.
The hair and infection are eroding downwards to his skull.
People keep telling him to go to the hospital for checking his boil.
But he refuse to do so.
The infection reaches his skull.
Bone, once infected, presents little barrier to the spread of infection to contiguous bone and so it spreads within his skull.
The bone dies and begins to erode.
People are noticing a smell and keep telling him to see a doctor.
The smell is starting to attracts flies which begin to lay eggs in his festering wound and maggots take hold.
The infection breaches the inner layer of his skull and reaches the meninges.
Though their tensile strength is impressive the meninges are quite thin and the infection breaches them.
Your brain just isn't supposed to be on your outside and presents almost no barrier to anything when exposed.
Now, infection and maggots set to work on his brain.
This makes him feel a little wobbly on his feet and he decides to see a doctor.
He walks in to the Stanford ER and doctors found several maggots in his brain.
What is the truth?
This is claimend to be true, but I can not say for shure it really happend.
On the medical matter, maggots can infest the human brain, evidently, and so can certain types of tapeworm larvae.
But these conditions are fairly rare, and the chance of resulting from ingrown hairs or sushi is close to impossible.
Tapeworms and roundworms and their eggs which abounds in all fishes fresh or saltwater can only be killed by thorough cooking and/or freezing the fish to between 4 degC - 0 degsC.
The eggs of these parasites can only be killed if it is cooked or frozen to the said temperatures for a week or more.
Think twice about that raw dish next time... or you might get a headache.