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Tingling in Woman's Legs Turns out to Be a Worm in Her Spine

"We cannot be sure about how our patient was infected. This disease is very rare in France"

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    Tingling in Woman's Legs Turns out to Be a Worm in Her Spine
    New England Journal of Medicine
    35-year-old Frenchwoman reported tingling in her legs. It turns out she had a parasite called Echinococcus granulosus, or dog tapeworm, in her spine, as this X-ray shows.

    A Frenchwoman whose symptoms started out as “electric shocks” in her legs got an even bigger shock when she found out that she had a tapeworm in her spine, NBC News reports.

    The parasite caused enough swelling in the woman’s spine to affect her ability to walk and ride a horse, French doctors reported in Thursday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    “A 35-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with weakness, a feeling of electric shocks in both legs, and repeated falls,” Dr. Marine Jacquier and Dr. Lionel Piroth of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Dijon wrote.

    "She reported that the symptoms had been progressing, and she noted that she had had difficulty riding her horse for the preceding three months.”

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)