“Oh my God, you won’t believe what I’ve found in this woman’s brain, and she’s alive,” said Sanjay Senanayake, an infectious disease doctor at a hospital in Canberra.
The 64-year-old woman from southeastern New South Wales was first admitted to a local hospital in late January 2021 after three weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhea, followed by persistent dry coughs, fever and night sweating.
By 2022, these symptoms included forgetfulness and depression, after which he was transferred to a hospital in Canberra. An MRI scan of the woman’s brain revealed defects requiring surgery.
During the MIR scan, doctors noticed an unusual lesion in the front of the brain, which was actually a roundworm called “Ophida Squaries Robertsi”.
It is normal for a neurosurgeon to have an infection in the patient’s brain, but no one expected it.
The caller, neurosurgeon Dr. Hari Priyabandi, had removed an 8-cm-long parasite roundworm from the woman’s brain and she wanted to consult Dr Sanjay Senanayake and others.
This surprising discovery forced a hospital team to immediately assemble to find out what kind of worm it was.
According to the researchers, this type of kangaroos and snakes is found in Python but not in humans. According to Sanjay Senanayake, this is the first case of the presence of Ophida scares in the human brain in the world.