Tropical Parasitology

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131--134

Intradural extramedullary cysticercal abscess of spine


Ravindranath Kapu, Manish Kumar Singh, Anil Pande, Matabushi Chakravarthy Vasudevan, Ravi Ramamurthi 
 Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. A. Lakshmipathi Neurosurgical Centre, VHS Hospital, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Ravindranath Kapu
Post Graduate Institute of Neurological Surgery, Dr. A. Lakshmipathi Neurosurgical Centre, VHS Hospital, IT Corridor, Taramani Main Road, Chennai- 600 113
India

Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is one of the most common parasitic diseases affecting the central nervous system. Typically spinal NCC involvement has a concomitant cranial involvement. Spinal involvement by NCC, either intramedullary or extramedullary is very uncommon. The authors report a case of D12-L1 intradural extramedullary lesion in a 38-year-old female patient who presented with complaints of back pain and weakness of lower limbs. She underwent laminectomy and excision of the lesion. Histopathology revealed extramedullary cysticercal abscess. Post-operatively she was treated with albendazole. She had a successful recovery post-operatively and at 8 months follow up had no neurological deficits. This current case presents a very rare case of cysticercal abscess of dorsolumbar spine, without any evidence of cranial involvement. This report is to reemphasize the importance of including NCC as a differential diagnosis in intradural extramedullary lesion at the conus level in endemic areas like India.


How to cite this article:
Kapu R, Singh MK, Pande A, Vasudevan MC, Ramamurthi R. Intradural extramedullary cysticercal abscess of spine.Trop Parasitol 2012;2:131-134


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Kapu R, Singh MK, Pande A, Vasudevan MC, Ramamurthi R. Intradural extramedullary cysticercal abscess of spine. Trop Parasitol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2022 May 24 ];2:131-134
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