Detection of muscle calcifications by thigh CT scan in neurocysticercosis patients

Javier A. Bustos, Hector H. Garcia, Ruben Dorregaray, Monica Naranjo, E. Javier Pretell, Armando Emiliano Gonzalez Zariquiey, Robert H. Gilman

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Abstract

Twenty-five patients with calcified neurocysticercosis (two to four intraparenchymal brain calcifications) were asked to have a non-contrasted computed tomography (CT) scan of the thighs to determine the frequency of muscle calcifications detected by this technique. Thirteen (52%) showed one or more muscle calcifications. The numbers of calcifications in the thighs and the brain were not correlated. Patients with a positive CT scan for muscle calcifications were also examined by X-rays to compare both methods. Only 6 of 13 had visible calcifications on X-ray. Thigh CT scans can demonstrate muscle calcifications in a significant proportion of patients with calcified neurocysticercosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-779
Number of pages5
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume99
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We wish to thank Mr Americo Romero and Biol. Silvia Rodriguez for their help with study procedures. The authors are supported by research grants: 063109 from the Wellcome Trust; 23981 from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; P01 AI51976, U01 AI35894, and TW05562 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, USA; and 01107 from the Food and Drug Administration, USA. None of the sponsors participated in the design or performance of this study.

Keywords

  • CT scan
  • Cysticercosis
  • Neurocysticercosis
  • Peru
  • Taenia solium

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