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Sparganosis presenting as a conus medullaris lesion: case report and literature review of the spinal sparganosis.
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PMID:  15262748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Sparganosis is a rare parasitic infection affecting various organs, including the central nervous system. In rare cases, sparganosis may involve the spinal cord, usually at the thoracic area. We herein report, to our knowledge, the first case of sparganosis presenting as a conus medullaris lesion and review the literature of sparganosis involving the spinal cord. OBSERVATION: A 42-year-old man presented with progressive perianal paresthesia and sphincter disturbances. Results of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay of the cerebrospinal fluid and surgical biopsy were consistent with sparganum infection affecting the conus medullaris. We reviewed 7 other cases of spinal sparganosis. CONCLUSIONS: Sparganosis may present as a conus medullaris lesion. This possibility should be considered when clinicians encounter patients with a conus medullaris lesion or cauda equina syndrome with uncertain diagnosis.
Jee-Hyun Kwon; Jong S Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of neurology     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0003-9942     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-20     Completed Date:  2004-08-10     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372436     Medline TA:  Arch Neurol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1126-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Neurology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-600, South Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Sacrococcygeal Region
Sparganosis / diagnosis*
Spinal Cord Compression / diagnosis*

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