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Echinococcosis affects a mother and child



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 1


This is a rather complex case to analyse for the activities section as two people are involved the baby and the mother.

Mebendazole or MBZ is a medicine used to treat infections by worms. This includes pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It is taken by mouth and acts to paralyze and kill worms infecting the digestive tract. This reduces the parasite burden to a low level, and since these worms are unable to complete their reproductive cycle within a single human host, the parasite burden remains low unless the person is reinfected.

An alveolus (plural: alveoli, from Latin alveolus, "little cavity") is an anatomical structure that has the form of a hollow cavity. Found in the lung parenchyma, the pulmonary alveoli are the terminal ends of the respiratory tree, which outcrop from either alveolar sacs or alveolar ducts, which are both sites of gas exchange with the blood as well

A description of the experience

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2005 Dec;99(12):937-41. Epub 2005 Sep 13.

Brain metastasis of alveolar echinococcosis in a hyperendemic focus of Echinococcus multilocularis infection.

Yang YR1, Vuitton DA, Jones MK, Craig PS, McManus DP.

An unusual female case, with alveolar echinococcosis (AE) disseminated from the primary hepatic lesion to the brain by metastasis formation, was retrospectively identified during a community survey in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, northwest China in 2003.

Among possible metastases of hepatic AE, locations to the brain are rare and usually fatal; and they have especially been assigned to concomitant immune suppression.

An enhancing role of pregnancy, which may be suspected in this case, the favourable outcome after surgery and chemotherapy, and also a mental disability in a child following long-term intrauterine exposure to mebendazole, make the report particularly unique.

PMID: 16165174

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