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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52-54

Isolated intramedullary spinal cysticercosis in a 10-year-old female showing dramatic response with albendazole

1 Department of Medicine, Firoz Specialist Hospital, Aligarh, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, J. N. Medical College and Hospital, AMU, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Sanna Kirmani
Department of Radiodiagnosis, JNMCH, AMU, Aligarh - 202 002, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.84409

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Neurocysticercosis is the most common parasitic infection of the central nervous system caused by larvae of Taenia solium. Spinal cysticercosis is an uncommon site of cysticercal infection, and isolated intramedullary involvement is even rarer. We present a case of 10-year-old girl who presented with gradual onset paraparesis with sensory loss and bowel and bladder incontinence. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of spine revealed a cystic lesion with mural nodule (scolex) which was diagnostic for cysticercosis. Patient was treated with antihelminthic, which led to marked clinico-radiological improvement.


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