A group of doctors revealed the shocking case of an American who, dies after irrigation of the sinuses with tap water. According to the scientists, the water contains amoeba, which once in the patient's body began to eat the brain cells slowly.
The 69-year-old woman who lives in Seattle, Washington, left doctors confused last January when she was hospitalized after she was confiscated. After examining a tomographic study of his brain, doctors thought he had a tumor and were invited to operate it the next day. The study of the tissue taken out of his brain during surgery, however, showed that his problem was not at all associated with a tumor.
"When I was working for this lady, part of his brain, the size of the golf ball was full of blood"Charles Cobbs, a neurosurgeon at the Swedish Medical Center, said in a telephone interview for the Seattle Times." He was infected with an amoeba that they did nothing but eat brain cells. We had no idea what was going on, but when we got the real tissue we could see it was the amoeba, "he said.
Despite the doctors' efforts, the woman died one month after the surgery.
As doctors explain, the patient is infected with amoebas that are found in tap water. Instead of filling the untreated container with physiological saline or sterile water, it uses filtered tap water with a conventional water filter. The nasal cavity is then irrigated with contaminated water that comes into contact with the olfactory nerves in the upper cavity, causing a brain infection called granulomatous amoebitic encephalitis (GAS).
Once the amoeba develops, the woman develops a red nose pain that is diagnosed and treated in the wrong way as a skin condition known as rosacea. Cobbs suggests that this is probably the first symptom of amoeba, but adds that his rarity makes the rapid diagnosis difficult.
According to a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, amoebaes are unicellular organisms, some of which can cause diseases, scientists explain. They breed in warm soils and waters, usually from South and Central America.