Screening, diagnosis and management of human cysticercosis and Taenia solium taeniasis: technical recommendations by the COHEMI project study group

Lorenzo Zammarchi, Maurizio Bonati, Marianne Strohmeyer, Marco Albonico, Ana Requena-Méndez, Zeno Bisoffi, Alessandra Nicoletti, Hector H. García, Alessandro Bartoloni, Chiara Pandolfini, Francesca Severino, Valeria Confalonieri, Gianni Tognoni, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Filippo Bartalesi, Jose Muñoz, Maria Roura, Laia Ventura, Robert PoolChristopher Pell, Anita Hardon, Peter Chiodini, Juan Moreira, Mariella Anselmi, Roberto Sempértegui, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Maria Alejandra Mena, Carola Liendo, Héctor H. Garcia, Javier Bustos, Saul Santivañez, Faustino Torrico, Daniel Lozano, Teresa Hinojosa Cabrera, Javier Ochoa Morón, Ignacio Abapori Cuellar, Jaime Amorós Suarez, Guido Chumiray Rojas, Elisa Bruno, The COHEMI Project Study Group

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Abstract

Neurocysticercosis, the central nervous system's localised form of cysticercosis, is considered to be the leading cause of epilepsy in the developing world. In Europe, the disease is mainly imported and affects both immigrants and travellers. However, autochthonous cases of cysticercosis in low-endemic countries could also originate from Taenia solium carriers (migrants or travellers) who acquired taeniasis overseas. Management of cysticercosis is a challenge for European healthcare providers as they are often hardly aware of this infection and have little familiarity in managing this disease. This study provides a summary of recommendations concerning screening, diagnosis and management of cysticercosis and T. solium taeniasis in Europe drawn up by nine experts in migrant health and imported diseases with experience in cysticercosis and T. solium taeniasis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-894
Number of pages14
JournalTropical Medicine and International Health
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017

Keywords

  • cysticercosis
  • epilepsy
  • neurocysticercosis
  • recommendations
  • Taenia solium
  • taeniasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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