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.
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|Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
|Published - Oct 2005
Bibliographical noteFunding 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.
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