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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.
 
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