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What evidence supports the tapeworm-migraine link?

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Published At June 11, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing frequent migraines lately, and I am concerned about a potential link between tapeworm infestations and neurological symptoms. Can tapeworms in the brain trigger migraines? Furthermore, does consuming foods like bacon, which might contain tapeworm larvae, increase the risk of migraines and other neurological complications related to tapeworms?

Kindly help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

There is no direct relationship between tapeworms and migraine. Albeit, tapeworm infestation may result in progressive headaches and neurological problems if it causes cysts in the brain. However, these exacerbating symptoms are different from migraine.

If you have a new daily headache ( without a previous history of migraine), or you have had migraine headaches, but you experience a significant change in the severity or frequency of your headaches, then you need to be investigated by a physician (preferably a neurologist) and usually a brain imaging is necessary. It is a rule in clinical practice for anyone who reports a significant change in their headaches.

I hope this information will help.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi
Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi


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