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Neurocysticercosis in the Infant of a Pregnant Mother with a Tapeworm

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  • 1 Flushing Hospital Medical Center, Flushing, New York; Division of Parasitic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Cysticercosis Unit, Instituto de Ciencias Neurologicas and Department of Microbiology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru; Public Health Laboratory, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York
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Taeniasis occurs after ingestion of undercooked pork infected with cysticerci. Most Taenia solium infections are mild; proglottids are rarely noticed in the feces. Cysticercosis develops with ingestion of eggs from a tapeworm carrier. Cysticercosis affects ~50 million people worldwide, and is seen mostly in Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Asia. We present a case of an 18-month-old child living in New York, who presented with seizures caused by neurocysticercosis. A family study found a 22-year-old mother, 7 months pregnant, positive for T. solium, which presented a management dilemma.

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