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10 facts about neurocysticercosis

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Neurocysticercosis and taeniasis are two different diseases caused by the same parasite

When the parasite T. solium is transmitted to human beings, it causes an intestinal infection of the adult tapeworm known as taeniasis. If left untreated, the tapeworm can survive inside the body for many years, leading to more serious conditions.

Cysticercosis develops when the larvae of T. solium invade body and develop in the muscles, skin and eyes. If larvae invade the central nervous system, the infection leads to neurocysticercosis.

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