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cysticercosis

 [sis″tĭ-ser-ko´sis]
infection with cysticerci. In man, infection with the larval forms (Cysticercus cellulosae) of Taenia solium.

cys·ti·cer·co·sis

(sis'ti-ser-kō'sis),
1. Disease caused by encystment of cysticercus larvae of some tapeworms (for example, Taenia solium or T. saginata) in subcutaneous, muscle, or central nervous system tissue; cysticercosis is typically developed in swine and cattle, producing measly pork and beef. In humans, it results from the hatching of the eggs of T. solium in the intestines or by accidental ingestion of eggs from human feces; encystment in the brain may cause serious nervous damage, and encystment in the eye (usually the rear chamber) may cause ophthalmic damage.
2. Larval infections in animals with other taeniid tapeworm larvae.
Synonym(s): cysticercus disease

cysticercosis

/cys·ti·cer·co·sis/ (sis″tĭ-ser-ko´sis) infection with cysticerci. In humans, infection with the larval forms of Taenia solium.

cysticercosis

(sĭs′tĭ-sər-kō′sĭs)
n.
The condition of being infested with cysticerci.

cysticercosis

[sis′tisərkō′sis]
Etymology: Gk, kystis + kerkos, tail, osis, condition
an infection and infestation by the larval stage of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium or the beef tapeworm T. saginata. The eggs are ingested and hatch in the intestine; the larvae invade the subcutaneous tissue, brain, eye, muscle, heart, liver, lung, and peritoneum. They attach themselves with two rows of hooklets, grow, mature, and become covered with a dense, fibrous capsule. The invasive, early phase of the infection is characterized by fever, malaise, muscle pain, and eosinophilia. Years later seizures and personality change may appear if the brain is affected, and calcification and destruction of local structures are apparent in other infested areas of the body. Prophylaxis depends on eating only thoroughly cooked pork or beef. The antiparasitic drugs praziquantel or albendazole may be used to treat this infection on a case by case basis. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove cysticerci.

cysticercosis

Parasitology A condition caused by encystment by larvae from taeniid tapeworms–Taenia saginata–cattle tapeworm or T solium–swine tapeworm in the CNS and muscle Clinical Seizures, ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Management Symptomatic–control seizures, CSF diversion, steroids. See Cerebral cysticercosis, Taenia saginatum, Taenia solium.

cys·ti·cer·co·sis

(sis'ti-sĕr-kō'sis)
1. Disease caused by encystment of cysticercus larvae (e.g., Taenia solium or T. saginata) in subcutaneous, muscle, or central nervous system tissues; cysticercosis typically develops in swine and cattle, producing measly pork and beef. In humans, it results from the hatching of the eggs of T. solium in the intestines or by accidental ingestion of eggs from human feces; encystment in the brain may cause serious nervous damage, and encystment in the eye (usually the rear chamber) may cause ophthalmic damage.
2. Larval infections in animals with other taeniid tapeworm larvae.

cysticercosis

Infestation with the larval form of the tapeworm of the genus Taenia acquired by eating tapeworm eggs, usually in contaminated food. When these hatch in the intestine, the larvae burrow through the bowel wall into the bloodstream and are carried all over the body to be deposited in many tissues including the muscles and the brain. These cause weakness and pain, epileptic fits, sometimes mental disorder and paralysis.

Cysticercosis

Parasitic infection caused by the presence of immature tapeworm larvae (cysticerci) that have developed outside the intestinal tract. Infection is caused by accidental consumption of tapeworm eggs.
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cysticercosis (sisˈ·t·sr·kōˑ·sis),

n food-borne illness caused by the beef or pork tapeworm, usually from eating undercooked beef that contains,
Taenia saginata or by eating pork that contains
Taenia solium. When the eggs of either tapeworm are ingested, they will develop inside the intestine and eventually invade the entire body, causing fever, muscle pain, eosinophilia, and malaise. Long-term effects include calcification of infested areas, brain seizures, and personality changes.
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Cysticercosis.

cys·ti·cer·co·sis

(sis'ti-sĕr-kō'sis)
Disease caused by encystment of cysticercus larvae of some tapeworms (e.g., Taenia solium or T. saginata) in subcutaneous, muscle, or central nervous system tissue; encystment in the eye (usually the rear chamber) may cause ophthalmic damage.

cysticercosis

infection with cystercerci in the intermediate hosts of a number of species-specific cestodes. The disease is largely symptomless except for cysticercosis caused by Cysticercus cellulosae, but has some food hygiene importance. Called also sheep measles, beef measles. See cysticercus.