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February 1979

Subcutaneous Cysticercosis

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Torrance, Calif

Arch Dermatol. 1979;115(2):236. doi:10.1001/archderm.1979.04010020070031

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To the Editor.—  Raimer and Wolf, in the January 1978 Archives (114:107-108), and Schlossberg and Mader, in the March 1978 Archives (114:459-460), described two patients with subcutaneous cysticercosis. Although this is not a common parasitic infection in the United States, approximately three patients each year are seen at the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with this disease. In our experience, these individuals are Latin Americans; most of them have recently emigrated from Mexico. In almost all our cases, the Cysticercus cellulosae could be demonstrated only in the CNS and was associated with neurological symptoms. However, we recently encountered a patient in whom the lesions appear to be limited to the subcutaneous tissues.

Report of a Case.—  A 26-year-old man was seen at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center with multiple subcutaneous nodules on his neck, left flank, left axilla, and left forearm (Fig 1). These nodules were painless and nontender and

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