Cysticercosis

Recent advances in diagnosis and management of neurocysticercosis

Linda S. Yancey, Pedro J. Diaz-Marchan, A. Clinton White

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Abstract

Neurocysticercosis, caused by infection with the pork tapeworm Taenia solium, is increasingly recognized as a cause of neurologic disease worldwide. Because the clinical presentation is nonspecific, diagnosis has been difficult. Advances in imaging studies and serodiagnostic techniques are facilitating the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis and tapeworm carriers. Neurocysticercosis represents a spectrum of disease. Seizures are the main clinical manifestation in parenchymal neurocysticercosis. Recent studies emphasize that such seizures are the result of the host inflammatory response, even in patients who only have calcifications with no viable cysticerci. Controlled clinical trials have demonstrated that antiparasitic drugs can decrease the number of generalized seizures, although the benefit is small and confined to a subgroup of patients. Corticosteroids can also decrease seizure frequency. Case studies have demonstrated that endoscopic surgery appears to be the optimal approach to ventricular cysts. Recombinant vaccines are being developed and may prove important in disease control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Neurocysticercosis
Cysticercosis
Seizures
Taenia solium
Cysticercus
Antiparasitic Agents
Synthetic Vaccines
Cestoda
Controlled Clinical Trials
Nervous System Diseases
Cysts
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Infection

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Cysticercosis : Recent advances in diagnosis and management of neurocysticercosis. / Yancey, Linda S.; Diaz-Marchan, Pedro J.; White, A. Clinton.

In: Current Infectious Disease Reports, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.2005, p. 39-47.

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