Cysticercosis

Common Name(s)

Cysticercosis

Cysticercosis is an infectious disorder caused by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. Infection occurs when the tapeworm larvae enter the body and form cysticeri (cysts). The tapeworm eggs are spread through food, water, or other surfaces contaminated with feces. The signs and symptoms vary depending on the location and number of cysticeri in the affected person's body. Symptoms can present months to years after the infection. Diagnosing cysticercosis can be challenging and may involve several test, including MRI or CT brain scans and blood tests. Although treatment is available and may include anti-parasitic drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or surgery, it is not always necessary.
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 294 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

GPS Tracking of Free-Ranging Pigs to Evaluate Ring Strategies for the Control of Cysticercosis/Taeniasis in Peru.
 

Author(s): Ian W Pray, Dallas J Swanson, Viterbo Ayvar, Claudio Muro, Luz M Moyano, Armando E Gonzalez, Hector H Garcia, Seth E O'Neal,

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Taenia solium, a parasitic cestode that affects humans and pigs, is the leading cause of preventable epilepsy in the developing world. T. solium eggs are released into the environment through the stool of humans infected with an adult intestinal tapeworm (a condition called taeniasis), ...

Last Updated: 2 Apr 2016

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Ocular cysticercosis with intermittent blindness.
 

Author(s): Rajaram Sharma, Amit Kumar Dey, Kapil Joshi, Hemangini Thakkar

Journal: Ann Parasitol. 2015 ;61(4):295-7.

 

We report this peculiar case of ocular cysticercosis with intermittent blindness which is never reported to our knowledge. This case highlights use of Ultrasound for examination of the posterior segment of eye globe. In limited facilities Ultrasound is the main modality to reach the ...

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2016

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Prevalence of and Factors Associated with Human Cysticercosis in 60 Villages in Three Provinces of Burkina Faso.
 

Author(s): Hélène Carabin, Athanase Millogo, Assana Cissé, Sarah Gabriël, Ida Sahlu, Pierre Dorny, Cici Bauer, Zekiba Tarnagda, Linda D Cowan, Rasmané Ganaba

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Taenia solium, a zoonotic infection transmitted between humans and pigs, is considered an emerging infection in Sub-Saharan Africa, yet individual and community-level factors associated with the human infection with the larval stages (cysticercosis) are not well understood. This study ...

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2015

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 41 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Taenia solium Human Cysticercosis: A Systematic Review of Sero-epidemiological Data from Endemic Zones around the World.
 

Author(s): Marco Coral-Almeida, Sarah Gabriël, Emmanuel Nji Abatih, Nicolas Praet, Washington Benitez, Pierre Dorny

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Taenia solium cysticercosis is a zoonotic neglected disease responsible for severe health disorders such as seizures and death. Understanding the epidemiology of human cysticercosis (HCC) in endemic regions will help to expose critical information about the transmission of the disease, ...

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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Immunology of Taenia solium taeniasis and human cysticercosis.
 

Author(s): H H Garcia, S Rodriguez, J S Friedland,

Journal: Parasite Immunol.. 2014 Aug;36(8):388-96.

 

The life cycle of Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm, is continuously closed in many rural settings in developing countries when free roaming pigs ingest human stools containing T. solium eggs and develop cysticercosis, and humans ingest pork infected with cystic larvae and develop ...

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2014

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Current status of taeniasis and cysticercosis in Vietnam.
 

Author(s): Nguyen Van De, Thanh Hoa Le, Phan Thi Huong Lien, Keeseon S Eom

Journal: Korean J. Parasitol.. 2014 Apr;52(2):125-9.

 

Several reports on taeniasis and cysticercosis in Vietnam show that they are distributed in over 50 of 63 provinces. In some endemic areas, the prevalence of taeniasis was 0.2-12.0% and that of cysticercosis was 1.0-7.2%. The major symptoms of taeniasis included fidgeted anus, proglottids ...

Last Updated: 22 May 2014

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Treatment of Patients With Cysticercosis With Praziquantel or Albendazole
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2016

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Corticosteroids to Reduce Frequency of Seizures in Neurocysticercosis Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Neurocysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2008

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People Presenting With Neurocysticercosis in North America
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Neurocysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2016

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