Neurocysticercosis in a European Traveler Returning From India Primarily Suspected as Neoplasia

Authors

  • Helmut J. F. Salzer MD,

    1. Section of Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine I, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
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  • Martin Hoenigl MD,

    1. Section of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
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  • Thomas Valentin MD,

    1. Section of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
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  • Ines Zollner-Schwetz MD,

    1. Section of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
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  • Robert Krause MD

    Corresponding author
    1. Section of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
    • Section of Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine I, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
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Corresponding Author: Robert Krause, MD, Section of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 15, A-8036 Graz, Austria. E-mail: robert.krause@medunigraz.at

Abstract

A woman with a history of cured breast cancer and multiple trips to India presented with a cervical nodule. Primarily suspected as metastasis of breast cancer, histopathology, however, showed the scolex of Taenia solium. Although the patient was neurologically asymptomatic neuroimaging showed multiple cysts. During treatment with praziquantel, albendazole, and dexamethason the patient developed seizures.

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