comscore Doctors struggle to diagnose rat lungworm disease | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii News

Doctors struggle to diagnose rat lungworm disease

  • COURTESY TATUM LARSON

    Tatum Larson suffered from migrating nerve pain in her bones and skin and made several trips to Maui doctors. A Seattle doctor was able to diagnose her with rat lungworm disease.

  • COURTESY TATUM LARSON

    Tatum Larson, left, and her mother, Cate, on vacation in Hilo, where Larson suspects she caught the parasite from eating locally grown lettuce.

It took several trips to doctors before Tatum Larson, a 24-year-old woman who had just moved to Maui for massage school, was finally diagnosed with rat lungworm disease, a condition in which worm larvae infect the brain. Read more

Scroll Up