Cysticerci (larval cysts) can develop in the muscles, the eyes, the brain, and/or the spinal cord.
Cystercerci in the brain or spinal cord:
- Cause the most serious form of the infection, neurocysticercosis
- Symptoms depend upon where and how many cysticerci there are
- May cause seizures and/or headaches.
- Other less common symptoms include confusion, difficulty with balance, brain swelling, and excess fluid around the brain (hydrocephalus)
- Can result in death.
Cysticerci in the muscles:
- Generally do not cause symptoms
- May cause lumps under the skin.
Article (EID -- June, 2011): Taenia solium Tapeworm Infection, Oregon, 2006–2009
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