BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007552

Transient cortical blindness as a manifestation of solitary cysticercus granuloma

  1. Sahar Hussain3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Iranian Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  3. 3Department of Pharmacology, UAE University, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shabbir Hussain, dr.shabbirhussain{at}


Neurocysticercosis is recognised as a significant cause of neurological morbidity in endemic regions. The wide range of pleomorphic and non-specific neurological manifestations of neurocysticercosis must be kept in mind by physicians, as the disease has shown resurgence in developed countries. When an atypical presentation of an unusual tropical disease occurs in non-endemic regions, the diagnosis is often missed. We describe a case of a 4-year-old girl who presented with a history of transient bilateral loss of vision with headache and vomiting. Brain MRI revealed the presence of a single cysticercus granuloma in the occipital lobe. A diagnosis of symptomatic occipital lobe seizure secondary to neurocysticercosis was made. She was given a course of albendazole. There was no recurrence of symptoms at 3 years follow-up. Occipital seizures that are associated with ictal amaurosis closely mimic basilar migraine. Such cases benefit from neuroimaging in order to rule out the underlying structural causes.

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