Report: Woman dies from rare, brain-eating amoeba after using neti pot with tap water

When a 69-year old Seattle woman had a seizure earlier this year, doctors at Swedish Medical Center thought she may have had a brain tumor. However, during surgery, they discovered it was something much more unusual, according to FOX 8

Dr. Charles Cobbs said when he operated it was just dead brain tissue.

Dr. Cobbs said she most likely became infected by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba that kills the brain cells slowly over time.

Swedish Medical Center didn’t identify the patient who died just a month after being diagnosed.

“There were these amoebas all over the place just eating brain cells,” Cobbs tells the Seattle Times. “We didn’t have any clue what was going on, but when we got the actual tissue, we could see it was the amoeba.”

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