Detection of muscle calcifications by thigh CT scan in neurocysticercosis patients

Javier A. Bustos, Hector H. Garcia, Ruben Dorregaray, Monica Naranjo, E. Javier Pretell, Armando E. Gonzalez, Robert H. Gilman

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Twenty-five patients with calcified neurocysticercosis (two to four intraparenchymal brain calcifications) were asked to have a non-contrasted computed tomography (CT) scan of the thighs to determine the frequency of muscle calcifications detected by this technique. Thirteen (52%) showed one or more muscle calcifications. The numbers of calcifications in the thighs and the brain were not correlated. Patients with a positive CT scan for muscle calcifications were also examined by X-rays to compare both methods. Only 6 of 13 had visible calcifications on X-ray. Thigh CT scans can demonstrate muscle calcifications in a significant proportion of patients with calcified neurocysticercosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-779
Number of pages5
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • CT scan
  • Cysticercosis
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Peru
  • Taenia solium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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