Man dies after parasite inside him developed cancer
Scientists have discovered a cancer patient whose tumors sprouted from a human parasite, the dwarf tapeworm.
An HIV-infected Colombian man has died of lung tumors which sprouted from a parasite living inside him. The first known case of this kind has taken scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totally unawares.
“We were amazed when we found this new type of disease — tapeworms growing inside a person, essentially getting cancer, that spreads to the person, causing tumors,” study researcher Dr. Atis Muehlenbachs, a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) told LiveScience.
The 41-year-old man first went to doctors complaining of a fever, cough and weight loss. The man had been diagnosed with HIV some 10 years earlier, but was not taking any medication. A CT scan showed tumors in his lung and lymph nodes. Biopsies of these growths confused Colombian