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Woman Uses Neti Pot, Ends Up With Brain-Eating Amoeba

Woman Uses Neti Pot, Ends Up With Brain-Eating Amoeba

At that time, a CT scan showed a half-inch lesion on her brain.

When Cobbs first operated on her, he discovered a tumor the size of a dime. This wasn't necessarily surprising, Cobbs told Live Science, as the woman had a history of breast cancer. "We didn't have any clue what was going on, but when we got the actual tissue we could see it was the amoeba".

Tissue taken from the woman's brain during the procedure would later confirm the presence of the amoeba, specifically Balamuthia mandrillaris - which cause a rare but potentially deadly brain-eating infection known as granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), according to the publication.

A study published by the International Journal of Infectious Diseases determined that the woman contracted the brain infection a year earlier by using a neti pot filled with nonsterile water to treat a sinus infection.

"If you do use a neti pot. you should be very aware that it has to be absolute sterile water or sterile saline", Cobbs said, according to Q13 News. The CDC rushed a brand-new drug to doctors in an effort to save the woman, but she died from the infection.

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Amoebas may be found in fresh-water sources around Puget Sound such as wells, but aren't present in city-treated water, according to Liz Coleman, a spokeswoman for the Environmental Public Health division of the state's Department of Health.

Normally, an extra effort is required to bring on an infection; it can not be contracted by drinking contaminated water. It can kill within days, not months, according to the Seattle Times. Globally, only 200 infections have ever been recorded, of which 70 occurred in the United States. Not suspecting anything particularly unusual, her doctors diagnosed it as a rosacea, a common skin condition, with treatments lasting for about a year.

A neurosurgeon from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle said this is a rare situation but is warning patients to be sure to follow the directions when using a Neti pot for nasal congestion, and use only boiled or distilled water. Infectious disease doctors contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and they sent medicine for the rare condition, but the woman could not be saved. It moves slowly and can take weeks or months to cause death. He was believed to have gotten infected while surfing in an indoor water park in Texas.

But how did the amoebas get in her brain in the first place?

It is thought the amoebas are primarily soil-based, but the "exact environmental niche is really unknown", Cope said in an email. "At least I hope not".


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