Monday, 4 April 2011

Taenia solium cysticercosis: from basic to clinical science

Taenia solium cysticercosis: from basic to clinical science

Taenia solium cysticercosis is a parasitic disease caused by the dissemination of the larval form of the pork tapeworm. It affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide. It is endemic in several developing countries including Central and South America, Africa and South Asia. It is of emerging significance in developing countries such as the US, due to increased immigration and international travel. Encystment of larvae can occur in almost any tissue, but involvement of the central nervous system, known as neurocysticercosis, is the most clinically important manifestation of the disease. The book contains 44 chapters, written by international leading experts in the field. It covers basic science, epidemiology, clinical aspects, pathology, investigational aspects of neurocysticercosis, and therapy and prevention.

Fig. 1.1. is taken from page 4


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