Cysticercosis

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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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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 254 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Intramuscular cysticercosis.
 

Author(s): Beuy Joob, Viroj Wiwanitkit

Journal: Ann Afr Med. ;14(2):122.

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2015

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Seizures, cysticercosis and rural-to-urban migration: the PERU MIGRANT study.
 

Author(s): Isidro Gonzales, J Jaime Miranda, Silvia Rodriguez, Victor Vargas, Alfredo Cjuno, Liam Smeeth, Armando E Gonzalez, Victor C W Tsang, Robert H Gilman, Hector H Garcia,

Journal: Trop. Med. Int. Health. 2015 Apr;20(4):546-52.

 

To examine the prevalence of seizures, epilepsy and seropositivity to cysticercosis in rural villagers (cysticercosis-endemic setting), rural-to-urban migrants into a non-endemic urban shanty town and urban inhabitants of the same non-endemic shanty town.

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2015

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Somatostatin negatively regulates parasite burden and granulomatous responses in cysticercosis.
 

Author(s): Mitra Khumbatta, Bahrom Firozgary, David John Tweardy, Joel Weinstock, Gohar Firozgary, Zal Bhatena, Tushar Bulsara, Ricardo Siller, Prema Robinson

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():247182.

 

Cysticercosis is an infection of tissues with the larval cysts of the cestode, Taenia solium. While live parasites elicit little or no inflammation, dying parasites initiate a granulomatous reaction presenting as painful muscle nodules or seizures when cysts are located in the brain. ...

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2014

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Epidemiology and management of cysticercosis and Taenia solium taeniasis in Europe, systematic review 1990-2011.
 

Author(s): Lorenzo Zammarchi, Marianne Strohmeyer, Filippo Bartalesi, Elisa Bruno, José Muñoz, Dora Buonfrate, Alessandra Nicoletti, Héctor Hugo García, Edoardo Pozio, Alessandro Bartoloni,

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Cysticercosis is caused by the invasion of human or pig tissues by the metacestode larval stage of Taenia solium. In Europe, the disease was endemic in the past but the autochthonous natural life cycle of the parasite is currently completed very rarely. Recently, imported cases have ...

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2013

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Treatment of Patients With Cysticercosis With Praziquantel or Albendazole
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2015

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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2014

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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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