Neurocysticercosis presenting with psychosis
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J Assoc Physicians India. 2004 Aug;52:663-5.
Neurocysticercosis presenting with psychosis.
Mahajan SK1, Machhan PC, Sood BR, Kumar S, Sharma DD, Mokta J, Pal LS. 1 Department of Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, HP - 171 001.
Cysticercosis consists of infection with the small bladder-like larvae of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium. The life cycle of parasite is maintained between man and pig infected with cysticerci. Epilepsy is the most common presentation of neurocysticercosis; focal signs, headache, involuntary movements and global mental deterioration are other symptoms.
Psychosis is a rare presentation and may be seen in up to 5% of patients. We present a 25 years old male, who had been under treatment from psychiatry OPD for psychosis for one year, developed generalized tonic-clonic seizures. CT scan of brain revealed multiple calcified and hypodense lesions with surrounding oedema. Histopathological examination of subcutaneous nodule confirmed the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis.