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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124-125

Cysticercosis: Presenting as a swelling of sternocleidomastoid muscle


Department of Pathology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Banyameen Mohamad Iqbal
Department of Pathology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Pimpri, Pune - 411 018, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.182924

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Cysticercosis presenting as neck swelling is an uncommon disease caused by Cysticercus cellulosae which is the larval form of the tapeworm Taenia solium. Human beings are the only definitive host. They harbor the adult tapeworm. Both humans and pigs can act as intermediate hosts and contain the larvae or cysticerci. We report a case of a 40-year-old female patient who presented to our hospital with a solitary swelling in the anterior triangle of the neck for the last 6 years. On excision and hist opathologic examination, it revealed a multilayered, lamellated cyst wall with a single invaginated scolex containing rostellum and hooklets giving a diagnosis of cysticercosis.


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