Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis /ˈnjʊərˌsɪstiˌsɜːrˈksɪs/ is a specific form of the infectious parasitic disease cysticercosis that is caused by the infection with Taenia solium, a tapeworm found in pigs. Neurocysticercosis occurs when cysts formed by the infection take hold within the brain, causing neurologic syndromes such as epileptic seizures. It is a common cause of seizures worldwide. It has been called a "hidden epidemic"[1] and "arguably the most common parasitic disease of the human nervous system".[2] Common symptoms of neurocysticercosis include seizures, headaches, blindness, meningitis and dementia.[3]

Neurocysticercosis
Magnetic resonance image of a patient with neurocysticercosis demonstrating multiple cysticerci within the brain.
SpecialtyInfectious disease
Diagnostic methodCT scan

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