just trying to find these little things in this life and the next one, those small irrationalities, or misplaced and mispelled catch phrases, tiny indsicretions that had you running and falling on that day to day
Anonymous asked: I was watching this medical drama and it was talking about how a person can have a fetus in their brain????? Is this possible? I think they said animal fetus but I'm not sure?????
Unless someone put it in their brain, there’s not a way for a “fetus” to exist up there - but you CAN have a few different species of parasites in your brain!
The most common one to cause serious (sometimes lethal) complications is called cysticercosis, and is caused by the introduction of pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) to the bloodstream. This is very rare, but occasionally occurs when someone ingests the tapeworm eggs and they get absorbed into the body, instead of into the intestine (where they want to be). If they cross the blood-brain barrier, they have nothing to eat, and nowhere to go, so they go into this “stasis” mode, where they create hard little cysts wherever they end up.
Read more on neurocysticercosis at Discover - Carl Zimmer has a great article about how it might be more common than we previously thought…
Edit: Yes, technically a teratoma CAN exist in a brain, but there are no instances of fetus in fetu occurring in there, so I don’t count that as a “real” fetus - teratomas are not fetal tissue; they are congenital tumors, even though they may develop hair and teeth and sebum and skin.
i dont want a tapeworm in my brain. ha. ha.