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The diagnosis of neurocysticercosis

How the parasite enters the brain

Neurocysticercosis: The diagnosis

  • Observation of the scolex of a cysticercus (appearing as a “dot” in the center of the cyst) on neuroimaging.
  • Visualization of a cysticercus behind the retina on ophthalmologic exam.
  • Direct observation of a cysticercus on histopathology from a cyst that has been removed surgically, which usually takes place in cases where the cyst is located in the ventricles and causing obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid flow.

Treating Neurocysticercosis

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