Parasites ate patient’s liver and heart in Russian hospital Russian News EN

Donor organs transplanted into a woman whose heart and liver are eaten by worms in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk doctors operated on a patient from Kyrgyzstan with an advanced form of parasitic worm infection. In a Russian hospital, a woman was transplanted with a donor heart and liver instead of those eaten by parasites, informed online edition

A woman who arrived from Kyrgyzstan could not be diagnosed for several years. First her skin started breaking down, then abdominal pain started. Medicines did not help, and studies did not reveal the pathology of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. After an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with dry socket, a disease caused by parasitic worms (helminths).

Kyrgyz doctors refused to operate on the woman, and she turned to Novosibirsk doctors. After the cyst was removed with worms, the patient’s condition remained so severe that she required a liver and heart transplant. Such operations in Russia haven’t done before.

The causative agents of alveococcosis mainly parasitize the human liver, but can also enter other organs. The disease caused by the presence of alveococcal larvae in the body can be asymptomatic for a long time.

Earlier in the Kuban doctors extract worm from the body of a patient with a falsely diagnosed tumor. Presumably, the parasite lived in a woman’s body for about two years after it was introduced with a mosquito bite.

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