A woman was shocked to be told she had a dog tapeworm lodged in her spine.

Tapeworm drama

Tapeworm drama

The 35-year-old French woman decided to attend hospital after she experienced some discomfort in her back, which left her struggling to walk over a three-month period.

However, she was still shocked to discover that she had a dog tapeworm in her back.

According to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the woman had a lesion on one of her vertebrae with an epidural component.

This means it was, in part, set around the membrane that covers the spinal cord in her back.