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 283 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Isolated cutaneous cysticercosis mimicking tubercular lymphadenitis.
 

Author(s): B Sarath Balaji, S Kalpana

Journal: Indian Pediatr. 2015 Aug;52(8):715.

 

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2015

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Surgical Excision of Orbital Cysticercosis Lodged in Superior Oblique Muscle: Clinical Case Report.
 

Author(s): Juan Ding, Hong Zhao, Jinyong Lin

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Jul;94(30):e1026.

 

Ocular cysticercosis refers to parasitic infections in humans. Most cases were treated by medicine. The case we reviewed was rarely reported with successful surgical intervention treatment.This case report describes a patient with cysticercosis existing in superior oblique tendon. ...

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2015

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 39 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Mini review on chemotherapy of taeniasis and cysticercosis due to Taenia solium in Asia, and a case report with 20 tapeworms in China.
 

Author(s): A Ito, T Li, X Chen, C Long, T Yanagida, M Nakao, Y Sako, M Okamoto, Y Wu, F Raoul, P Giraudoux, P S Craig

Journal: Trop Biomed. 2013 Jun;30(2):164-73.

 

A 43-year-old Tibetan woman living in northwest Sichuan, China, confirmed to be a taeniasis carrier of Taenia solium was treated with pumpkin seeds combined with Areca nut extract in October 2009. All 20 tapeworms except one without scolex were expelled under good conditions. She ...

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2013

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Treatment of Patients With Cysticercosis With Praziquantel or Albendazole
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2015

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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: 24 Sep 2015

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