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Cerebral paragonimiasis: A retrospective analysis of 89 cases.
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PMID:  22795301     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: We reviewed the clinical and follow-up data of 89 cases with cerebral paragonimiasis and summarized the disease characteristics, diagnostic strategies and treatment experience, with an expectation of establishing standard diagnosis and treatment for cerebral paragonimiasis. METHODS: A total of 89 cases (age: 2-64years) of cerebral paragonimiasis admitted and treated in our hospital in the past 10years were included in this study. The clinical symptoms were manifested by headache, epilepsy, paralysis, etc. In order to confirm the diagnosis, we performed imaging examinations (e.g., CT and MRI) and laboratory tests (ELISA and eosinophil counting). Seventy-two patients received oral administration of praziquantel only, 16 cases received surgical resection of the lesions and 33 cases received appropriate anti-epileptic therapies. The diagnostic, treatment and follow-up data were statistically analyzed. RESULTS: Follow-up was performed for 73 cases for a period of 6-48 months and the original symptoms were markedly improved without recurrence. 15 patients were lost to follow-up after discharge. One patient died of epilepticus insult, high fever and convulsions. Although 4 patients still had seizures within 6 months of treatment, seizure frequency was significantly reduced. Histopathological evaluation demonstrated inflammatory changes with esoinophilic infiltration in all 16 patients who underwent surgical resection. CONCLUSIONS: Young patients (age: <18 years) are more likely to have cerebral hemorrhage. SWI imaging contributes to the diagnosis of hemorrhagic lesions. Cerebral paragonimiasis can cause epilepsy, especially grand mal seizures.
Jingyu Chen; Zhi Chen; Jiangkai Lin; Gang Zhu; Hui Meng; Gaoyu Cui; Nan Wu; Rong Hu; Jiexiang Pan; Yongjie Zou; Hua Feng
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-12
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Title:  Clinical neurology and neurosurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6968     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7502039     Medline TA:  Clin Neurol Neurosurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurosurgery, Southwest Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, 400038 People's Republic of China.
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