Neurocysticercosis (NCC), caused by Taenia solium larvae that reside in the central nervous system, results in serious public health and medical issues in many regions of the world. Current diagnosis of NCC is complex requiring both serology and costly neuroimaging of parasitic cysts in the brain. This diagnostic pipeline can be problematic in resource-constrained settings. There is an unmet need for a highly sensitive and clinically informative diagnostic test to complement the present diagnostic approaches. Here, we report that T. solium–derived cell-free DNA is readily detectable in the urine of patients with the subarachnoid and parenchymal forms of NCC, and discuss the potential utility of this approach in enhancing and refining T. solium diagnostics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases