Disseminated Cysticercosis

  • Andreia Póvoa Serviço de Medicina Interna - Hospital Sousa Martins, ULS Guarda, Portugal
  • Pedro Vieira Serviço de Medicina Interna - Hospital Sousa Martins, ULS Guarda, Portugal
  • André Silva Serviço de Medicina Intensiva - Hospital Sousa Martins, ULS Guarda, Portugal
  • Iurie Pantazi Serviço de Medicina Interna - Hospital Sousa Martins, ULS Guarda, Portugal
  • João Correia Serviço de Medicina Interna - Hospital Sousa Martins, ULS Guarda, Portugal

Keywords

Cysticercosis, Taenia solium

Abstract

Cysticercosis is a parasitic infection caused by larval cysts of the tapeworm Taenia solium. It is highly prevalent in rural areas of developing countries with poor sanitary conditions. We report a rare case of extensive disseminated cysticercosis in a 98-year-old woman who was brought to the emergency department following a fall. The x-ray revealed numerous ‘rice grain’ calcifications predominantly oriented in the plane of muscle fibres. A broad review revealed pelvic, chest and inferior limb involvement. The findings were consistent with cysticercosis.

 

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  • Published: 2021-03-24

    Issue: Vol 8 No 3 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    1.
    Póvoa A, Vieira P, Silva A, Pantazi I, Correia J. Disseminated Cysticercosis. EJCRIM 2021;8 doi:10.12890/2021_002430.

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