Woman’s headaches have unexpected cause

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Meyrat with Methodist Dallas Medical Center told WFAA that Yadira Rostro likely picked up the parasite on a trip to Mexico two years ago after ingesting food contaminated with fecal matter.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Meyrat with Methodist Dallas Medical Center told WFAA that Yadira Rostro likely picked up the parasite on a trip to Mexico two years ago after ingesting food contaminated with fecal matter.

DALLAS — What started as headaches turned out to be something much worse for a 31-year-old woman in Texas.

Yadira Rostro of Garland went to the doctor when her headaches wouldn’t go away, according to WFAA.

“Sometimes my sight was impaired… I could not see properly,” Rostro said.

But she could have never prepared herself for what doctors say they found inside her brain — sacs of larvae from eight tapeworm eggs.

And they were growing.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Meyrat with Methodist Dallas Medical Center told WFAA that Rostro likely picked up the parasite on a trip to Mexico two years ago after ingesting food contaminated with fecal matter.

Meyrat said the common parasite often goes right through you, but he said in Rostro’s case it got into her bloodstream — and then into her brain.

The eggs then grew, fluid backed up in her brain, which caused the headaches, WFAA reported.

Doctors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center were able to extract the larvae earlier this month.

Meyrat says Rostro’s headaches are now fading and she will make a full recovery.