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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135
Subcutaneous cervical cysticercosis in a child

Department of Pediatrics, B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India

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Date of Web Publication30-May-2012

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Shah I. Subcutaneous cervical cysticercosis in a child. J Global Infect Dis 2012;4:135

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Shah I. Subcutaneous cervical cysticercosis in a child. J Global Infect Dis [serial online] 2012 [cited 2022 Jun 27];4:135. Available from:


A 4½-year-old boy presented with swelling over nape of neck for 2 years. He had been treated with antituberculous therapy for 6 months. The child eats non-vegetarian food. On examination, there were no other lymph nodes. Systemic examination was normal. He underwent excision removal of the swelling and histopathology showed cysticercosis. The child was treated with albendazole and steroids for 21 days.

Less than 20 patients with subcutaneous cysticercosis have been reported. [1],[2],[3] Clinical manifestations depend primarily on the number and location of cysticerci and the host immune response to infection. Involvement of brain parenchyma is common. Skin involvement may lead to formation of subcutaneous nodules. [1] Treatment consists of anti-helminthic agents for 2-4 weeks. However, some authors consider that patients do well without antiparasitic treatment as symptoms are produced by pericystic inflammation. Concomitant administration of corticosteroids may be needed to avert inflammatory response especially in brain cysticercosis. [1]

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1.Tenzer R. Cysticercosis. E-medicine. Available from: [Last accessed on 2007 Dec 12].  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Kamal MM, Grover SV. Cytomorphology of subcutaneous cysticercosis. A report of 10 cases. Acta Cytol 1995;39:1190.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Sodhi PK, Ratan SK. Submandibular lymph node enlargement due to cysticercosis infestation. Scand J Infect Dis 2004;36:227-9.  Back to cited text no. 3

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Ira Shah
Department of Pediatrics, B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-777X.96781

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