A positive enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay result for a patient without evidence of cysticercosis

Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jan 1;36(1):e7-9. doi: 10.1086/344445. Epub 2002 Dec 9.


The enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) has been considered diagnostic of cysticercosis when the results are positive. We describe a patient with a single band at 50 kDa on EITB and neuroimaging abnormalities suggestive of neurocysticercosis but no evidence of exposure to Taenium solium. Autopsy findings excluded neurocysticercosis. We suggest that a single band at 50 kDa on an EITB be considered an equivocal finding rather than diagnostic of cysticercosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Cysticercosis / diagnosis*
  • Cysticercosis / parasitology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoblotting / methods*
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Molecular Weight
  • Taenia


  • Biomarkers