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Neurocysticercosis. Case report.
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PMID:  11466507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the present review we report a case of a 53-year-old woman affected with a cyst solitary cerebral hemispheric lesion causing acute generalized seizure. Clinical and neuroradiologic diagnosis of cystic astrocytoma was performed and the patient was operated. Microscopic analysis of the surgical specimen led to a diagnosis of parasitic infection, consistent with neurocysticercosis (NCC). NCC is the most frequent parasitosis of the central nervous system (CNS) in the world. The infective agent is taenia solium larvae. It is endemic in Latin America, Africa and some Asiatic countries, such as India. In Europe, many cases have been reported in Portugal, Spain, Poland and Romania. In Italy NCC is a rare disease. In recent years no cases have been described, but with high rate of immigration from endemic areas (Africa and East Europe) this parasitosis will be found in our country too, particularly affecting communities where hygienic conditions are poor. In conclusion we briefly analyze the relationship between pathogenesis of this parasitosis and its clinical symptoms.
B Carangelo; S Erra; M L Del Basso De Caro; A Bucciero; L Vizioli; K Panagiotopoulos; A Cerillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurosurgical sciences     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0390-5616     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosurg Sci     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-23     Completed Date:  2001-09-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0432557     Medline TA:  J Neurosurg Sci     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology, Institute of Neurosurgery, University of Naples, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cerebral Cortex / parasitology*,  pathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Neurocysticercosis / pathology*
Seizures / parasitology,  pathology
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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