Frequency of Depression Among Patients With Neurocysticercosis

Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2010 Feb;68(1):76-80. doi: 10.1590/s0004-282x2010000100017.


Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a common central nervous system infection caused by Taenia solium metacestodes.

Objective: To investigate the occurrence of depression in patients with calcified NCC form. The study group consisted of 114 patients subdivided in four groups: NCC with epilepsy, NCC without epilepsy, epilepsy without NCC and chronic headache.

Method: Depression was evaluated and quantified by the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD-21).

Results: Percentage of patients with depression was as follows: group 1 (83%); group 2 (88%); group 3 (92%); group 4 (100%). The majority of patients had moderate depression.

Conclusion: Incidence of depression in all groups was higher than in the general population. It is possible that, in a general way, patients with chronic diseases would have depression with similar intensity. NCC is associated with the presence of depression.

MeSH terms

  • Case-Control Studies
  • Chronic Disease
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Epilepsy / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neurocysticercosis / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales