A 38 year old man is brought in by ambulance for a seizure. His medical history is not known. On exam he is post-ictal and otherwise has a non-focal neurologic exam. He has an abrasion above the right eye, a small tongue laceration, and was incontinent of urine. A head CT was done and is shown below. What was the cause of this man's seizure?
Neurocysticercosis--a parasitic infection of the nervous system by the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium.
Neurocysticercosis is a common cause of seizures globally, often with evidence of disease on CT imaging.
University of Maryland Section of Global Emergency Health
Author: Jenny Reifel Saltzberg
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