Case Report: Disseminated Cysticercosis due to Intentional Ingestion of Parasitic Worm Eggs for Weight Loss

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  • 1 Emergency Department, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

A 20-year-old female resident of Beijing intended to consume the eggs of the parasitic worm, Taenia saginata, for weight loss; however, she apparently inadvertently ingested Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) eggs, which resulted in disseminated cysticercosis. Cysticerci developed in the brain, tongue, muscles, liver, peritoneum, and subcutaneous tissues. She was administered oral albendazole and praziquantel. After four 10-day courses of treatment, most of the cysts disappeared and she recovered. After 3 years, the patient remains in good health.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Miao-Rong Xie, Emergency Department, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, People’s Republic of China. E-mail: yyyyxmr@ccmu.edu.cn

Disclaimer: Informed consent was obtained from the patient for the publication of this case report and accompanying images. A copy of the written consent is available for review from the Editor of this journal. We declare no competing interests.

Authors’ addresses: Han-Yu Zhang, Guo-Xing Wang, Yue-Yan Xing, and Miao-Rong Xie, Emergency Department, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, People’s Republic of China, E-mails: 13661376593@126.com, wangguoxing1@ccmu.edu.cn, xingyueyan01@126.com, and yyyyxmr@ccmu.edu.cn.

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