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      Taenia solium cysticercosis.

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          The larval stage of the pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) infects the human nervous system, causing neurocysticercosis. This disease is one of the main causes of epileptic seizures in many less developed countries and is also increasingly seen in more developed countries because of immigration from endemic areas. Little information is available on the natural evolution of taeniasis or cysticercosis. Available therapeutic measures include steroids, treatments for symptoms, surgery, and, more controversially, antiparasitic drugs to kill brain parasites. Efforts to control and eliminate this disease are underway through antiparasitic treatment of endemic populations, development of pig vaccines, and other measures.

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          Journal
          Lancet
          Lancet (London, England)
          Elsevier BV
          1474-547X
          0140-6736
          Aug 16 2003
          : 362
          : 9383
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Cysticercosis Unit, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas, Jr Ancash 1271, Barrios Altos, Lima, Peru. hgarcia@terra.com.pe
          Article
          S0140-6736(03)14117-7 UKMS31602
          10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14117-7
          3103219
          12932389
          02c379bb-d4d3-42e7-bc57-873eb7f58de5

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