Neurocysticercosis / Cysticercosis of Brain / Pork Tapeworm

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CYSTICERCOSIS of Brain or Neurocysticercosis is the most common cause of seizures or epilepsy in an adult and the most common parasitic infection of the brain.

CYSTICERCOSIS (SIS-tuh-sir-KO-sis) of Brain or Neurocysticercosis (NEW-row SIS-tuh-sir-KO-sis) is the commonest cause of adult onset seizures or epilepsy. It is the most common parasitic infection of the brain or central nervous system world wide and the most common cause of adult onset epilepsy.

It is caused by the encysted larval stage of the "Pork Tapeworm" (Tenia solium).

Neurocysticercosis is more comon in developing countries and is endemic in Mexico and Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, India, and East Asia.

It has been widely reported in India, more so from the northern parts, and is one of the leading causes of pediatric epilepsy.

Neurocysticercosis is a far more important public health problem than human tape-worm infestations. It is endemic in certain communities and regions of the world due to poor sanitation, use of sewage for fertilizer, and poor breeding methods of the pigs.

Neurocysticercosis/ Cysticercosis of Brain

Contrary to popular belief neurocystericosis is not exclusive to pork eaters and the incidence among vegetarians is high, especially salad eaters.

Generally tapeworm are parasites that reside in the intestinal tract of human beings. They are long, flat worms that have a head armed with suckers and hooks. Tapeworms can sometimes grow as much as 15 to 30 feet or 10 meters in length and the largest tapeworms grow up to 59 feet or 18 meters. There are variety of these worms that infect human beings and they include:

Beef Tapeworm or Taenia Saginata

Pork tapeworm or Taenia Solium

World Health Organisation(WHO) estimates that almost 50 mllion people worldwide are infected by tapeworms and of these 50,000 die due to the disease every year.

The pork tapeworm infests the brain and cause neurocysticercosis. Its prevalence in some of the developing countries exceeds 10%. In these regions it accounts for up to 50% of cases of late-onset epilepsy.

Adult onset seizures or epilepsy is twice as common in the developing regions of these countries as in industrialized countries such as the United States.

Neurocysticercosis / Cysticercosis of Brain: Seizures or Epilepsy

There is no sexual predilection for the worm infestation. It is unusual for the disease to manifest in a child due to the long incubation period of the worm.

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My brother also had same problem. He had diagnosed with same problem last year in January and yesterday he had got same symptoms again. We had a full dose for the treatment for 18 months, as doctor said.
But now we are shocked to see the symptoms again. Please note we are vegetarians and still faced this problem.

Can anyone tell us:
1. some of the good experts. Currently we are referring to Mr Sunil Mallik [Neurologist], Dr Kawre etc.
2. Is this problem cures permanently or one has to take medicines throughout life?
3. Is there any specialist/hospital for this who can guide in better way?
4. What about other ways to cure?..Homeopathy?, Ajmer baba etc?

sg1234 Sunday, December 8, 2013
My father is suffering from Nuerocysticercosis since the last 9 months. He was on Albendazole twice for about 3 weeks each time. The number and size of the cysts have gone down to about half but some still exists. The doctor is careful and does want to overdose him on Albendazole but my father has the episodes of memory loss every few months. What other options do we have for his treatment? Also, can we share the Nuerosurgeon/Nuero doctors names and info here so that other people can benefit from them. My father is currently being treated by Dr. Mahendra in MS Ramaiah hospital in Bangalore.
Bangalorean Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I am 25 yr girl. My testosterone is very high. I have fecial hair problem reason for it hormone. Its my major problem in my life. I take doctor's treatment but I am not satisfy, never any changes in my testosterone.
23jyoti Sunday, November 10, 2013
Anyone suffering from Neurocysticercosis please note

me Mamta Thakur, I am suffering , seizures, nausea, doctors said 3 years of medication and if things at last after 3 years will be surgery, than someone told me about the below mention person, within half hour he took out 3 worms with the cyst and the outer shell of the worms from my rain, medication is on going as he said there is net in ur brain so in ur brain so it will take 3 months but with my own eyes and without any pain literally saw the 3 worms, shell and the cyst.

non of the doctors, neuro science is and will be believing this but for those who are suffering we know the pain the worst feeling and as we try everything lets also try this one too.. 1000 of proves are there of living persons who got healed.

Have faith in God...

mamtamohankumar Tuesday, October 15, 2013
can u please let me know the place where to visit in ajmer, my sister is also suffering from same problem, i have heard about baba in ajmer but didn't know the place ... please help
sunilparashar Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hi Everyone, I'm 31 years old and I'm also a victim of this tapeworm in brain. I suddenly got a severe headaache and went to emergency room last month. They did CT scan and MRI and several other blood tests and confirmed the cyst in my brain of size 8x7mm. They prescribed me albendazole[400mg morning and night] along with some steroids(prednisone) to reduce inflammation and kepra(750mg once a day) to avoid any possibility of seizures. They got another MRI two weeks back and the cyst size is about 4x4mm at that time. I hope it reduces fully. After seeing the posts here it looks like it might go and come back again any time in a few years!! Not sure how to deal with it and if there is a remedy to fully get away with it. I will check with my doctor when I meet her next time and update!! Have a good day!!
venkat_atl Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hi Venkat_atl, how is your treatment with Albendazole going? Any further improvements, any other medicines? Are you in US or India?
Bangalorean Wednesday, November 20, 2013
guys i was also suffering from neurocysticerosis problem.i also got the same problem last year in sept 2012.bit now i am properly fine because i went to ajmer city.there is a person he is having a medicine which he puts in the ear and nose and worm comes out from nose wiyh in 2-3 is really faithful.pls try to go there it saved my life.many doctors also come there for treatment
aashima1 Saturday, February 23, 2013
Aashima can u please give us the details of the person whom u visited, name and his address so it might be useful for us.
phils Thursday, February 28, 2013
Dear Aashima I badly need ur help dear...plz mail me d details..v need to rush ajmer..mail me at help dear
AaliyaFatima Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Can u give me contact no of that baba.
bantu_sumit Wednesday, April 17, 2013
please give name and address in ajmer city for child suffering with this decease.
gangawat Tuesday, August 13, 2013
aashima can u please give me the details and address of the person u met in ajmer city for neurocysticerosis. my father is also suffering from the same. please reply soon.
abha_17 Tuesday, August 27, 2013
aashima plz forward me d detail aadress of that person. i need it badly.
rags30 Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hello, is this person for real? Please share the details if he really exists. It will be very useful for my family and others on here. Thanks in advance.
Bangalorean Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hi Please help with details of this person. We are from South Africa but willing to travel. Desperate Thanks
JR001 Friday, January 24, 2014
My brain mri revealed coalescing granulomata measuring 8 x 4 mm abut ting cuneus in the right side, which appear hyper intense in long try images with hyper intense intramural modules and minimal perilesional oedema in flair images. Lesions appear hypointense in short try images and do not show enhancement in set 1 gd images. Neurologists have pointed neurocysticircosis in degenerative stage and advised tab levitrecetam 500mg nd and tab folic acid 5 mg od . I'm. Feeling a sense of imbalance while i stand or walk its very less but it does affect a lot in my concentration. Is medical advice ok or shall I go in for a second opinion
joebaba007 Sunday, January 27, 2013
I am suffering from tapeworms in my brain. The CT scan report showed that there is not neurocysticercosis signs prevailing in brain. But i have all the symptoms that occur during this disease. I am suffering lot from this disease. I asked the doctors to give me medicine of tapeworms but they said without diagnosis it is not possible. plz suggest me...
GarryR Thursday, October 25, 2012
hello everyone...I was diagnosed with neurocysticercosis 2 years before i.e. in Dec 2010. I took all the medication until the doctor told me stop after verifying that I am cured [with MRI diagnosis]...but recently 1 month before I got a seizure and when did MRI it was found that I am having neurocysticercosis on the same spot. Is it possible? I am in search of the tablet Cysticide but we searched everywhere in Pune and Mumbai but still couldn't find it....plz if anybody knows where I can find it tell me
Pratham123 Friday, October 12, 2012
Go for a MRI[plain and contrast, 6500 INR], I've just gone through it.
Aravind1212 Thursday, July 11, 2013
I just got diagnosed with neurocysticercosis. My cist size is 6.5. I wonder if this ever goes completely away or do I have to take medicines forever? I do not believe in changing the body's natural chemistry aand would also like to know is there a natural way to get rid of this and/or combat it? Thanks
Marthasc Sunday, August 19, 2012
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