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Disseminated cysticercosis: a case report and review of treatment protocols
  1. Smriti Dabas,
  2. Vipin Gupta and
  3. Anurag Narula
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Smriti Dabas; smriti4{at}


Cysticercosis is caused by the larvae of Taenia solium and is a significant health problem. Disseminated cysticercosis is an infrequent manifestation of the same. A woman in her 30s presented to us with a history of seizures, outward protrusion of both eyes and multiple soft-tissue swellings over the face and tongue for 3 years. Imaging studies revealed multiple cystic lesions in the brain parenchyma, extraocular muscles, subcutaneous tissue, muscles of mastication and tongue. A high index of suspicion and a planned therapeutic approach is required in such cases.

  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Ophthalmology
  • Tropical medicine (infectious disease)
  • Infections
  • Ultrasonography

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  • Contributors SD contributed to the planning, reporting and interpretation of the data of the patient. VG contributed to the reporting and acquisition of the relevant data. AN helped in the interpretation of data and planning the treatment course.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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