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Description:Note the presence of a cysticercus, the larval form of the Taenia solium pork tapeworm, in the pupil of this patient’s left eye. Although rare, cysticerci may float in the eye and cause blurry or disturbed vision. Infection in the eyes may cause swelling or detachment of the retina.
The symptoms of cysticercosis are caused by the development of cysticerci in various sites. Of greatest concern is cerebral cysticercosis (or neurocysticercosis), which can cause diverse manifestations including seizures, mental disturbances, focal neurologic deficits, and signs of space-occupying intracerebral lesions. Death can occur suddenly. Extracerebral cysticercosis can cause ocular, cardiac, or spinal lesions with associated symptoms. Asymptomatic subcutaneous nodules and calcified intramuscular nodules can be encountered
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. H. Zaiman, Dr. Myron G. Schultz
Creation Date:1975
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Links:CDC - Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria: Parasites - Cystercicosis
CDC – Div. of Parasitic Diseases (DPDx); Cysticercosis
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