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Cysticercosis, MRI

Cysticercosis, MRI

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Caption

This axial (cross section) T2 FLAIR MRI of the head without contrast enhancement shows a cystic lesion in the temporal-occipital region of the brain on the viewers right. The cyst is dark and the surrounding high signal is the inflammatory edema. This is a lesion related to infection from eggs of the pork tapeworm (taenia solium). This is the most common parasitic infection worldwide. The are parenchymal and extra-parenchymal forms of this infection. Multiple, different stages of infection can be determined best by MRI.

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