Neurocysticercosis and microbleed

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Neurocysticercosis and microbleed. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:76


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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Neurocysticercosis and microbleed. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 6];8:76. Available from:

Dear Sir,

Neurocysticercosis is an important tropical neurological parasitosis. The disease is reported worldwide, and it is very interesting. Normally it is a chronic silent infestation until the occurrence of neurological symptoms, and the imaging investigation usually provides the first clue for diagnosis. However, it is sometimes difficult to make a differential diagnosis of the infection. The situation involving “neurocysticercosis and microbleed” is very interesting. Del Brutto et al. concluded that “calcified cysticercotic lesions should be included in the list of microbleed mimics” and that “CT should be performed in doubtful cases to avoid overdiagnosis of cerebral microbleeds.” [1] In fact, the use of imaging might be helpful for distinguishing between neurocysticercosis and microbleed. However, additional investigation, such as the immunological test, should be made to confirm the diagnosis of cysticercosis. In addition, bleeding can also be the a complication of neurocysticercosis, [2] hence, the co-occurrence of the two conditions in the same subject should not be overlooked. Finally, apart from calcified microbleed, other differential diagnoses for calcified neurocysticercosis include tuberculosis and metastasis. [3]



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