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J Neurosurg. 2006 Dec;105(6 Suppl):470-2.

Neuroimaging and pathological findings in a child with cerebral sparganosis. Case report.

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Department of Radiology, Affiliated Hospital of Guiyang Medical College, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, People's Republic of China.


The authors report the case of a 6-year-old boy with cerebral sparganosis due to infection with a plerocercoid tapeworm larva of Spirometra mansoni. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an area of irregular long T2 signal in the right frontal lobe. When compared with images obtained 2 years earlier, the lesion appeared to have migrated into the parietal lobe. During surgery for the removal of a granuloma, the parasite was discovered and excised. Following surgery, the patient's neurological deficits markedly improved. The authors review the pathological and imaging features of cerebral sparganosis.

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