AN INTERESTING INTRODUCTION ABOUT CYSTICERCOSIS:
A systemic parasitic infestation called Cysticercosis festers within the body causing severe infections. These infections occur due to a certain type of parasite called Taenia solium which is even known as T. solium. Taenia solium or T. solium is also known as the pork tapeworm. The onset of Cysticercosis results in the formation of a number of cysts or cysticerci. These cysts are known to cause neuro Cysticercosis or in simple language, complications affecting the central nervous system. These cysts are also known to cause harm to the eyes, skin and skeletal muscles.
HOW IS CYSTICERCOSIS CAUSED?
Dissemination of the larva form of this pork tapeworm Taenia solium or more commonly known as T. solium is actually what causes Cysticercosis. When the eggs of this particular type of tapeworm enter the human body and then hatch, the embryos of Taenia solium force themselves into the walls of the intestine. Once these embryos are within the walls, they reach the bloodstream. How severe Cysticercosis is then depends entirely on the final location of these embryos and more importantly how many cysts are eventually formed.
TRANSMISSION OF CYSTICERCOSIS:
The transmission process of Cysticercosis is quite simple. We human beings are the host for the pork tapeworm Taenia solium or T. solium. This infestation occurs within us humans by eating uncooked or even raw pork that is infected. This pork tapeworm is found in the muscles of pigs when the pigs themselves get infected by drinking or eating contaminated water or food! Once we human beings have eaten infected uncooked or raw pork, the life cycle of this pork tapeworm called Taenia solium or more commonly known as T. solium is complete.
SYMPTOMS OF CYSTICERCOSIS:
There are quite a few symptoms of Cysticercosis. Some individuals are aware that they have been infected. But sometimes, symptoms do not show at all. After the initial infection, these symptoms may take several months or even a number of years to actually begin to develop. The severity of the symptoms depends on the place of infestation within the body.
The symptoms of Cysticercosis have been mentioned below:
• Vision complications
EFFECTIVE DIAGNOSIS OF CYSTICERCOSIS:
There are certain very effective and spot – on methods by which Cysticercosis may be diagnosed. Diagnosing Cysticercosis requires the right combination of imaging studies combination tests. The clinical presentation of the patient combined with the abnormal radiographic imaging results (CT scan and MRI) allow your healthcare professional to be able to effectively diagnose the presence of Taenia solium or T. solium. Your healthcare professional may even conduct a blood test to find out whether you are infected.
THE RIGHT TYPE OF TREATMENT FOR CYSTICERCOSIS:
There are various factors that determine the treatment of Cysticercosis. A few of these factors are; the exact stage till which the cyst has developed, the number of cysticerci and their location and the patient’s symptoms. The treatment of this medical complication varies from one patient to another. There are quite a number of medications that effectively help in the treatment of Cysticercosis. But, it is very important for you to first consult your healthcare professional before you decide to take any of these medications. There may even be a possibility that taking the wrong medication for the wrong type of cyst could also prove to have adverse effects.
Here is a specific list of medications that are used to treat this medical complication and have been mentioned below.
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