Taenia solium cysticercosis

Héctor H. García, Armandoe Gonzalez, Carlton A W Evans, Robert H Gilman

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The larval stage of the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) infects the human nervous system, causing neurocysticercosis. This disease is one of the main causes of epileptic seizures in many less developed countries and is also increasingly seen in more developed countries because of immigration from endemic areas. Little information is available on the natural evolution of taeniasis or cysticercosis. Available therapeutic measures include steroids, treatments for symptoms, surgery, and, more controversially, antiparasitic drugs to kill brain parasites. Efforts to control and eliminate this disease are underway through antiparasitic treatment of endemic populations, development of pig vaccines, and other measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-556
Number of pages10
JournalThe Lancet
Volume362
Issue number9383
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2003

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Taenia solium
Antiparasitic Agents
Cysticercosis
Taeniasis
Neurocysticercosis
Emigration and Immigration
Developed Countries
Nervous System
Developing Countries
Epilepsy
Parasites
Swine
Vaccines
Steroids
Brain
Population
Therapeutics

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Taenia solium cysticercosis. / García, Héctor H.; Gonzalez, Armandoe; Evans, Carlton A W; Gilman, Robert H.

In: The Lancet, Vol. 362, No. 9383, 16.08.2003, p. 547-556.

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García, Héctor H. ; Gonzalez, Armandoe ; Evans, Carlton A W ; Gilman, Robert H. / Taenia solium cysticercosis. In: The Lancet. 2003 ; Vol. 362, No. 9383. pp. 547-556.
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