Fast Company - Watch the Writer of This Post Meet the Brain Surgeon Who Saved Him

New York, NY
 – May 16, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

The trouble started a few years after I returned from a backpacking trip around Southeast Asia. For a long time doctors couldn’t pinpoint the cause. The CT scan and MRI all looked normal. Finally they saw it--a cyst in my brain had formed around a dead tapeworm larvae, an unfortunate condition called neurocysticercosis, which can lead to epilepsy if untreated. That’s when I met Dr. Raj Shrivastava, a skull base neurosurgeon and an associate professor of neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, who has experience removing tapeworm larvae from human brains. He explained that while any neurosurgery carries considerable risk, I was fortunate that now such surgery was possible and available. Learn more