Last updated: Thursday, 29, July, 2010
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Due to tissue infection with the larval cysts of Taenia solium.
Prevalence of disease, which is almost always a result of CNS involvement, is high in Mexico, Central and South America, the Philippines and South East Asia.
Imaging studies (plain X-ray, CT, MRI) are of value in the demonstration of lesions, which may be cystic and may be calcified.
Faeces - ova, cysts and parasites. Cerebrospinal fluid examination.
Taenia solium serology may strengthen the diagnosis, providing evidence of exposure.