A case of imported neurocysticercosis in Portugal

Emília Valadas, Robert Badura, Tiago Marques, Miguel Neno, Márcia Boura, Ana Filipa Sutre, Sílvia Beato, Maria Amélia Grácio, José Cordeiro Neves

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Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most common cause of acquired epilepsy in resource-poor countries. We report the case of a 24-year-old woman born and residing in Guinea-Bissau, who was transferred to Portugal two months after the onset of a possible meningitis (fever, headache, seizures, and coma) that did not respond to antibiotic treatment. The diagnosis of NCC was confirmed by MR imaging, which showed multiple lesions compatible with cysticercus, and by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the cerebrospinal fluid. After 28 days on albendazole and dexamethasone without improvement, she was started on praziquantel, which she completed in six weeks with progressive recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)p. 114-117
Number of pages4
JournalJournal Of Infection In Developing Countries
VolumeVol. 9
Issue numbern.º 1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015


  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Portugal
  • Taenia solium


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