Neurocysticercosos in South-Central America and the Indian subcontinent. A comparative evaluation

Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 1997 Sep;55(3A):349-56. doi: 10.1590/s0004-282x1997000300001.


Neurocysticercosis is an important public health problem in South-Central American and South Asia. A review of the differences in epidemiological and clinical attributes of cysticercosis and taeniasis in South Central America and India, respectively, is undertaken in the present communication. Intestinal taeniasis is hyperendemic in several American countries. In comparison, the prevalence of Taenia solium infestation is lower in India. The clinical manifestations in several American neurocysticercosis series comprise epilepsy, intracranial hypertension and meningeal-racemose cysticercosis, in roughly equal proportions. An overwhelming majority of the Indian subjects present with seizures. The commonest pathological substrate of the disorder in Indian patients is the solitary parenchymal degenerating cyst. The reasons for the predominance of solitary forms in India, and of multilesional forms in South Central America are discussed. The magnitude of Taenia solium infestation and the frequency of pork consumption in a given population appear to influence the quantum of cyst load in affected individuals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Central America / epidemiology
  • Cysticercosis / economics
  • Cysticercosis / epidemiology*
  • Cysticercosis / immunology
  • Cysticercosis / physiopathology*
  • Cysticercosis / transmission
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • South America / epidemiology