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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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 233 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Neglected parasitic infections in the United States: cysticercosis.
 

Author(s): Paul T Cantey, Christina M Coyle, Frank J Sorvillo, Patricia P Wilkins, Michelle C Starr, Theodore E Nash

Journal: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 2014 May;90(5):805-9.

 

Cysticercosis is a potentially fatal and preventable neglected parasitic infection caused by the larval form of Taenia solium. Patients with symptomatic disease usually have signs and symptoms of neurocysticercosis, which commonly manifest as seizures or increased intracranial pressure. ...

Last Updated: 8 May 2014

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Extraocular muscle cysticercosis mimicking as pseudotumor orbit: a clinical dilemma.
 

Author(s): Vikas Chaudhary, Shahina Bano, Pranjali R Parmar, Nidhi Bidasaria, Seema Bajaj

Journal: Neurol India. ;61(6):665-7.

 

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2014

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Solitary cerebral parenchymal cysticercosis: a prospective comparative study with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
 

Author(s): Aaron de Souza, A Nalini, S G Srikanth

Journal: Neurol India. ;61(6):639-43.

 

To present a prospective series of 86 patients with solitary cerebral cysticerci who underwent both contrast computed tomography (CT) and contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to correlate and compare the imaging findings using these two modalities.

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2014

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 32 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Other cestodes: sparganosis, coenurosis and Taenia crassiceps cysticercosis.
 

Author(s): Andres G Lescano, Joseph Zunt

Journal: Handb Clin Neurol. 2013 ;114():335-45.

 

Many cestodes are capable of invading the central nervous system (CNS), and several are highly prevalent in the developing world. Neurocysticercosis due to Taenia solium and echinococcosis due to Echinoccocus granulosus are two of the most common parasitic infections affecting humans, ...

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2013

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Treatment of Patients With Cysticercosis With Praziquantel or Albendazole
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2014

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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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