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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1993 Sep-Oct;87(5):576-7.

Short course albendazole treatment for neurocysticercosis in Columbia.

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School of Medicine and University Hospital, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.


The efficacy of albendazole was evaluated in 20 Colombian patients with neurocysticercosis showing neurological symptoms. All had parenchymal non-enhancing cystic images by computerized tomography and a positive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for cysticercus antibodies in serum or cerebrospinal fluid. They stayed in hospital for 8 d during treatment with albendazole, 15 mg/kg/d in 2 divided doses, and were then followed for at least 6 months after treatment. The number of cysts was reduced by 50% after 6 months. In 7 (35%) all cysts disappeared, in 7 (35%) the number was reduced, and in the remaining 6 (30%) the number was unchanged. In the 13 patients who still had cysts at 6 months, 11 showed a moderate decrease in average cyst size and in 2 the size was unchanged. Side effects during treatment were observed in 60% of the cases, but only 3 required corticosteroids.

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