Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)
Intramuscular Cysticercosis; 2 Cases
Author(s): Mini Bhatnagar Sud, Saurabh Marwah, Aruna Bhagat Dubey, Robin Gehlawat
Abstract: Taenia solium infestation is a worldwide neglected tropical zoonotic disease caused by intestinal infection with adult pork tapeworm due to ingestion of undercooked pork which contains the larval stage in the skeletal muscles. Rarely, ingestion of worm eggs results in the encysted larva of T. solium infecting human tissues such as central nervous system, skeletal muscle, subcutaneous tissue and orbit and producing symptoms due to its location and associated inflammation called cysticercosis. Diagnosis can be confirmed by imaging studies, immunological investigations and histopathology. Treatment includes albendazole, praziquentel in conjunction with steroids and surgical excision. A diagnosis of cysticercosis warrants a search for NCC which may be asymptomatic.
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