Cysticercosis is a health problem in most developing countries,1 but it is rare in modern cities like Beijing. Moreover, extensive disseminated cysticercosis is particularly uncommon because of improved hygiene. Although over 100 cases of disseminated cysticercosis have been reported, there is no specific report of the inappropriate ingestion of Taenia solium for weight loss in the full literature. We report a case of disseminated cysticercosis in a 20-year-old Beijing woman who intended to consume the eggs of the parasitic worm, Taenia saginata, to induce weight loss, but mistakenly ingested T. solium eggs.
We thank the patient for her cooperation and for providing information for this case report and the medical experts from the Beijing Institute of Tropical Medicine for their guidance. The authors thank Editage (www.editage.cn) for English language editing.
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