Taenia solium cysticercosis

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

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Abstract

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
JournalLancet
Volume362
Issue number9383
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2003

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