and Treatment of Cysticercosis
A byproduct of an infestation
by the pork tapeworm, Cysticercosis is an infection that can cause
blurry vision, seizures, headaches, confusion, trouble with balance,
and even death, in extreme cases. Resulting in cysts throughout
the body, Cysticercosis can be seen in the brain, muscles, and eyes.
As scary as it may sound, there are treatments available for Cysticercosis
and for the pork tapeworm that causes it. To determine if you are
infected, your doctor will likely recommend blood tests, a biopsy,
and even a CT scan, MRI, or x-rays. Because Cysticercosis is caused
by the pork tapeworm, care and treatment of this condition usually
include anti-parasitic medicines. However, because it is an infection,
it is also treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. In cases that do
not respond to this type of treatment, surgery may be needed. In
addition, your doctor may recommend surgery for cases of Cysticercosis
that occur in the eyes or have caused brain swelling.
If you think that you or someone you know has Cysticercosis, then
you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.