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April 1983

CNS Cysticercosis Revisited

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Arch Neurol. 1983;40(4):257. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050040087021

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To the Editor.  —An editorial (1982; 39:533) and two articles (1982;39:534-539, 540-545) in the September issue of the Archives have suddenly reminded us that ancient diseases are still on the scene, even in the highly developed countries.During the 1950s, I was on the staff of a specialized neurology-neurosurgery hospital in Minsk, Soviet Union. The hospital was a referral center and the only neurosurgical facility serving a population of about 12 million. Throughout that decade, we saw approximately 250 patients with verified CNS cysticercosis, and, presumably, there were many others who never reached the hospital. As far as we knew, only our colleagues in neigh-boring Lithuania and the more distant Moldavian Republic (to the south) had comparable experience. In the 1960s, CNS cysticercosis became an infrequently seen disease and remained so until the 1970s, when I left the Soviet Union.Cysticercosis of the CNS is usually classified according to

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