A proposal for classification of neurocysticercosis

Can J Neurol Sci. 1994 Feb;21(1):43-7. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100048757.


The complicated pathophysiological and immunological changes in the central nervous system of patients with neurocysticercosis produce a variety of signs and symptoms, which complicate the clinical and surgical management of this disease. A complete and objective classification is needed, to improve the medical approach as a whole. We studied 336 patients, in whom we classified neurocysticerosis according to criteria of viability and location of the parasite in the CNS: active form (37.2%) when the cysticercus is alive, transitional form (32.8%) when it is in the degenerative phase, and inactive form (30%) when the parasite is dead. This classification establishes the correlation between the different forms of neurocysticerosis and its clinical manifestations, and can be used for planning therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cysticercosis / classification*
  • Cysticercosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Cysticercosis / parasitology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nervous System Diseases / classification*
  • Nervous System Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Nervous System Diseases / parasitology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed