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March 1978

Cysticercus cellulosae Cutis

Author Affiliations


From the Infectious Disease Branch, Internal Medicine Service, Naval Regional Medical Center; Portsmouth, Va. Lt Comdr Mader is now at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(3):459-460. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640150087032

Human infections with Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm, are rare in the United States. We recently encountered a patient infected with both the adult worm and the larval stage of T solium. The clinical presentation was that of a subcutaneous nodule, representing cysticercosis of the skin, known as Cysticercus cellulosae cutis.

Report of a Case  A 20-year-old Filipino woman had a nodule in her left calf. At the age of 15, she had had a similar mass removed from her left thigh. Although the current lesion had been present for two years, it had become more painful during the last six months. The patient also complained of abdominal cramping and a 9-kg weight loss. She readily admitted to having eaten raw pork frequently.On physical examination, a 1 × 2-cm subcutaneous nodule was evident on the left calf. Laboratory evaluation of several stool samples demonstrated the eggs of Taenia, Ascaris,

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