Cysticercosis

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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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 296 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Seroprevalence of cysticercosis and associated risk factors in a group of patients examined at the Regional Referral Hospital in Antsirabe].
 

Author(s): Norosoa Julie Zafindraibe, Jeannine Ralalarinivo, Andriamiarimbola Irène Rakotoniaina, Muriel Nirina Maeder, Mala Rakoto Andrianarivelo, Bénedicte Contamin, Alain Michault, Andry Rasamindrakotroka

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In Madagascar, cysticercosis, a disease caused by Taenia Solium's larval form, is a public health problem. In 2003, the seroprevalence of cysticercosis ranged between 7% and 21% with a higher rate in the central regions of the island. However, epidemiological data on human cysticercosis ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Prevalence and risk factors for Taenia solium cysticercosis in school-aged children: A school based study in western Sichuan, People's Republic of China.
 

Author(s): John J Openshaw, Alexis Medina, Stephen A Felt, Tiaoying Li, Zhou Huan, Scott Rozelle, Stephen P Luby

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Taenia solium cysticercosis affects millions of impoverished people worldwide and can cause neurocysticercosis, an infection of the central nervous system which is potentially fatal. Children may represent an especially vulnerable population to neurocysticercosis, due to the risk ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Cysticercosis epidemiology in Spain based on the hospital discharge database: What's new?
 

Author(s): Zaida Herrador, Amalia Fernandez-Martinez, Agustín Benito, Rogelio Lopez-Velez

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Cysticercosis (CC) is a tissue infection caused by the larval cysts of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium. It is usually acquired by eating contaminated food or drinking water. CC Cysts can develop in the muscles, the eyes, the brain, and/or the spinal cord. T. solium is found worldwide, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Cysticercosis" returned 50 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Mapping occurrence of Taenia solium taeniosis/cysticercosis and areas at risk of porcine cysticercosis in Central America and the Caribbean basin.
 

Author(s): Uffe Christian Braae, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Fortune Sithole, Ziqi Wang, Arve Lee Willingham

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This study aimed to map the occurrence of Taenia solium taeniosis/cysticercosis at national level within Central America and the Caribbean basin, and to map the distribution of porcine cysticercosis at first-level administrative subdivision level (department level) and the porcine ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Epidemiology of taeniosis/cysticercosis in Europe, a systematic review: Western Europe.
 

Author(s): Minerva Laranjo-González, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Chiara Trevisan, Alberto Allepuz, Smaragda Sotiraki, Annette Abraham, Mariana Boaventura Afonso, Joachim Blocher, Luís Cardoso, José Manuel Correia da Costa, Pierre Dorny, Sarah Gabriël, Jacinto Gomes, María Ángeles Gómez-Morales, Pikka Jokelainen, Miriam Kaminski, Brane Krt, Pascal Magnussen, Lucy J Robertson, Veronika Schmidt, Erich Schmutzhard, G Suzanne A Smit, Barbara Šoba, Christen Rune Stensvold, Jože Starič, Karin Troell, Aleksandra Vergles Rataj, Madalena Vieira-Pinto, Manuela Vilhena, Nicola Ann Wardrop, Andrea S Winkler, Veronique Dermauw

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Taenia solium and Taenia saginata are zoonotic parasites of public health importance. Data on their occurrence in humans and animals in western Europe are incomplete and fragmented. In this study, we aimed to update the current knowledge on the epidemiology of these parasites in this region.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Present status of laboratory diagnosis of human taeniosis/cysticercosis in Europe.
 

Author(s): M A Gómez-Morales, T Gárate, J Blocher, B Devleesschauwer, G S A Smit, V Schmidt, M J Perteguer, A Ludovisi, E Pozio, P Dorny, S Gabriël, A S Winkler

Journal: Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis.. 2017 Nov;36(11):2029-2040.

 

Human cysticercosis (CC) is a parasitic zoonosis caused by the larval stage (cyst) of the Taenia solium. Cysts can establish in the human central nervous system (neurocysticercosis, NCC) and other organs and tissues; they also develop in pigs, the natural intermediate host. Human ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Treatment of Patients With Cysticercosis With Praziquantel or Albendazole
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2018

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Sub Arachnoid Neurocysticercosis Treatment Outcome (SANTO)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Neurocysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 2 May 2018

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Treatment of Peri-calcification Edema in Neurocysticercosis (NCC)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Neurocysticercosis

 

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2017

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