Cysticercosis-affected brain

Cysticercosis-affected brain

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Caption: Cysticercosis-affected brain. This disease is caused by the larvae of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. Humans are the main primary host of this tapeworm, which infects some 4 million people worldwide, mainly in developing countries. The larvae form cysts in the muscles and brain. These cysticerci are 1 to 2 centimetres in diameter when fully developed. They can cause serious damage to the brain, epilepsy being a common symptom.

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Keywords: biological, biology, central nervous system, condition, cyst, cysticercosis, cysticercus, dead, diagnosis, disease, disorder, fatal, flatworm, human brain, larval, medical, medicine, neurology, parasite, parasitic, pork tapeworm, post-mortem, taenia solium

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