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diagnosis of neurocysticercosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 9, 2006
  • 09:17 PM

My husband had a seizure about two weeks ago and a subsequent MRI showed what an infectious disease specialist suspects is cysticercosis. They also did a bloodtest; we don't have the results yet. I know that a definitive diagnosis is difficult to arrive at even with an MRI and a bloodtest. Does anyone know more about diagnosing this infection? I read that one can analyze spinal fluid but that procedure itself sounds dangerous. We appreciate any information and ideas.



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  • Gabriela,I am currently being treated for this with medication (Albenza). I started with muscle weakness of my dominant hand and within 1 week, I could not use my hand at all. I never had pain or numbness, but I did have some dizziness. I had several tests conducted, and everything came out normal. It was not until I had an MRI of the brain, that the radiologist reported that I may have multiple sclerosis or differential diagnosis such as cysticercosis. This news was terrible, but when I visited with my neurologist, he felt that it was not MS, but this parasite from pork. He felt that this was the most logical diagnosis due to the lesions shown on the MRI and put me on this medication for 30 days. I have fully recovered from my dominant hand, but have had some numbness on my non-dominant fingers. It's not a good feeling not being sure exctly what you have, but this is what the neurologist is treating me for and we'll just have to go from there. Ofcourse, if this does not subside, I will be going for a 2nd opinion. I'm not sure what to say to you and your husband, but if he hasn't gotten better, see about this medication. It is one that is recommended is most articles I've read. Your husband is in my prayers!-Bell
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    • November 14, 2006
    • 04:34 AM
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