A girl developed generalized seizures. A CAT scan revealed a single brain lesion consistent with a tumor. Biopsy of the lesion showed a cysticercus. The patient lived in South Carolina and had never traveled outside the state. What parasite caused her disease; How is this disease transmitted; How might it be prevented
Cysticercosis is an infection caused by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. Infection occurs when the tapeworm larvae enter the body and form cysticerci. Such larvae can be found in infected pig brain, liver, heart and skeletal muscles and cause inflammatory responses in the muscle and central nervous system of the human host.
Cysticercosis is contracted by accidentally swallowing pork tapeworm eggs. Tapeworm eggs are passed in the bowel movement of a person who is infected. These tapeworm eggs are ...