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.