Thinking Outside Malaria: A Rare Case of Disseminated Cysticercosis With Cardiopulmonary Involvement From Urban Tanzania
Imaging and Diagnostic Radiology (East Africa)
Dissemination of the cysticerci throughout the body with cardiopulmonary involvement represents a very rare occurrence and an uncommon form of cysticercosis manifestation. We report a rare case of a 48-year-old African male from urban Tanzania who was, at first, referred to our radiology department for a coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), but incidentally on further evaluation of the patient revealed a history of recurrent convulsions, loss of consciousness, a single episode of temporary loss of vision and recent skin nodules. The value of a full clinical and radiological evaluation of the patient presenting with adult-onset seizures cannot be overemphasized for the diagnosis of this disease. Management of disseminated cysticercosis is complex and, therefore, should be tailored to fit the individual cases and focus on clinical manifestations.
Lyimo, F. R., Jusabani, A. M., Makungu, H., Mtolera, M., & Surani, S. (2021). Thinking outside malaria: a rare case of disseminated cysticercosis with cardiopulmonary involvement from urban Tanzania. Cureus, 13(1).
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