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September 1982

Neuro-ophthalmologic Signs and Symptoms of Cysticercosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1982;100(9):1445-1448. doi:10.1001/archopht.1982.01030040423010

• Fifty-six patients with cysticercosis and neuro-ophthalmic signs were examined by me during an 11-year period. Their symptoms generally reflected increased intracranial pressure caused by hydrocephalus, subacute meningitis, cerebral masses, or a combination of these effects. Papilledema (37 patients) was the commonest sign, with pupillary abnormalities (16 patients) and nystagmus (12 patients) frequently encountered. Cysticercosis is a relatively benign, although episodic, disease, as long as secondary obstructive hydrocephalus is promptly diagnosed and treated by CSF shunting procedures.

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