A Classic Neurocysticercosis Case with an Unusual Complication

  • André Rodrigues Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Pulido Valente, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Diana Neves Infectious Diseases Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Inês Maury Infectious Diseases Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dora Sargento Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Pulido Valente, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Aida Pereira Infectious Diseases Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract

Cysticercosis is triggered by infection with the larval form of the tapeworm Taenia solium. The usual sites for the development of cyscticerci are the central nervous system (neurocysticercosis – NCC), subcutaneous tissue, skeletal muscle, heart muscle, and the eye. Ocular cysticercosis is caused by the growth of the larvae within ocular tissues. The extraocular muscles form is the most common type of orbital cysticercosis. We report a case of a patient admitted with seizures secondary to NCC, who developed ocular symptoms after starting combined treatment with albendazole, praziquantel and dexamethasone. The investigation revealed a cystic lesion in the lateral rectus muscle.

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  • Published: 2017-11-29

    Issue: Vol 5 No 1 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Rodrigues, A., Neves, D., Maury, I., Sargento, D., & Pereira, A. (2017). A Classic Neurocysticercosis Case with an Unusual Complication. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 5(1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2017_000762