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Distinct Forms of Spinal Cysticercosis: a Vietnamese Case Series

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Nguyen Duy Hung, Nguyen Minh Duc*, Than Van Sy, Le Thanh Dung, Trinh Anh Tuan and Nguyen Duy Hue   Pages 1 - 6 ( 6 )

Abstract:


Introduction: Neurocysticercosis (NCC), a major contributor to the burden of seizure disorders and epilepsy in the world, is one of the most common parasitic infections of the central nervous system, which is usually located in the brain. Medical therapy for NCC should initially cover appropriate symptom control and then the use of antiparasitic agents should be considered. Antiparasitic treatment is of benefit in most cases of viable and degenerating NCC. Nevertheless, cysticercosis of the spinal cord is very uncommon.

Case series: In this article, we recorded 5 cases of extramedullary-intradural lumbar spinal cysticercosis, in which one case displayed cystic lesions in both brain and spine, one case showed an independent cystic lesion in the spine, and three remaining cases showed diffuse lesions in the spinal canal.

Conclusion: Thus, in any case of single or numerous cystic lesions or dispersed lesions entering the spinal canal, spinal cysticercosis should be considered.

Keywords:

Neurocysticercosis, Spinal cysticercosis, Parasite, Taenia solium, Nervous system infections, Magnetic resonance imaging

Affiliation:

Department of Radiology, Viet Duc Hospital, Hanoi, Department of Radiology, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Radiology, Viet Duc Hospital, Hanoi, Department of Radiology, Viet Duc Hospital, Hanoi, Department of Radiology, Viet Duc Hospital, Hanoi, Department of Radiology, Viet Duc Hospital, Hanoi



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