Treatments for Neurocysticercosis


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Treatment list for Neurocysticercosis: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Neurocysticercosis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Anti-parasitic drugs
  • Anti-imflammatory drugs
  • Surgery
  • No treatment - not all cases require treatment

Treatments of Neurocysticercosis discussion: I have been diagnosed with neurocysticercosis. My health care provider has decided not to treat me. How was this decision made?

Often, the decision of whether or not to treat neurocysticercosis is based upon the number of lesions found in the brain and the symptoms you have. When only one lesion is found, often treatment is not given. If you have more than one lesion, specific anti-parasitic treatment is generally recommended.

If the brain lesion is considered calcified (this means that a hard shell has formed around the tapeworm larvae), the cysticerci is considered dead and specific anti-parasitic treatment is not beneficial.

As the cysticerci die, the lesion will shrink. The swelling will go down, and often symptoms (such as seizures) will go away.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Cysticercosis: DPD

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