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April 1936

CYSTICERCUS CYSTS OF THE BRAIN: Report of a Case with Jacksonian Epilepsy

Author Affiliations

San Francisco

From the Department of Pathology of the University of California Medical School.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(4):862-867. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260040172012

While man is not ordinarily the intermediate host for any of the Taenia, exceptional cases are not rare. When the cysticercus phase does occur in the human host, larvae are found in the brain in from 41 to 83 per cent of the cases (table). The condition is less common in this country than in many others, but it should be kept in mind when symptoms of disease of the brain coincide with a history of tapeworm infestation. The following case is the first which occurred in the autopsy service of the University of California Hospital.

REPORT OF A CASE  Intestinal tapeworm for twenty years and jacksonian epilepsy for fifteen years, death in status epilepticuls; cysticerci found in brain at autopsy.

History.  —A German man, aged 50, was admitted to the neurologic service at the University of California Hospital at 8 a. m. on Feb. 21, 1931, in convulsions, which