Flashcards in Cysticercosis Deck (6)
What causes Cysticercosis?
larval cysts of the tapeworm Taenia Solium
How do people become infected? Transmission?
people get cysticercosis when they swallow eggs that are excreted in the stool of people w/ the adult tapeworm
1) drink water or contaminated food w/tapeworms
2) put contaminated fingers in mouth
Where is Cysticercosis found?
Worldwide- areas where pig cysticercosis is common
-most commonly found in rural areas with poor sanitations where pigs roam freely and eat human feces
Signs and Symptoms of Cysticercosis
Depends on the cyst's location, size, shape, and number
-most serious form-->neurocysticercosis
-seizures and headaches (most common)
-confusion, difficulty w/balance, brain swelling, and excess fluid around the brain (less common)
-stroke or death
-Generally do not cause symptoms
-may cause a lump under the skin which can sometime be tender
caused by Taenia Solium