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" New York Woman Relieved After 'Brain Tumor' Turns Out to be Parasite" - Jose Torres

  • ABC 7
  • New York, NY
  • (May 23, 2019)

When doctors opened up Rachel Palma’s skull, they fully expected to find a marble-size malignant brain tumor. Instead, they found a parasite. "We were, like, overjoyed," said Dr. Jonathan Rasouli. "When we got in there and saw that it was a tapeworm, we were like, 'YES!' We were so happy!" Doctors say had they known it was a tapeworm and not a tumor causing all the problems, perhaps a heavy dose of antibiotics would have served as a remedy. But that doesn't phase Rachel Palma. "There is not a doubt in my mind that they saved my life," she said. "And they gave me my life back."

— Jonathan Rasouli, MD, Neurosurgery Resident, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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