Cysticercosis is a neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system caused by a parasitic infection. The disorder is caused by the larvae of a tapeworm called Taenia solium. The infection is typically acquired by eating undercooked pork or other foods contaminated with tapeworm eggs. When the eggs of the tapeworm are ingested, they can hatch in the body and migrate to different organs and tissues of the body, including the brain. In the brain, the larvae can cause a variety of symptoms, including seizures, headaches, confusion, and memory loss. There are several treatment options for cysticercosis, including medications to kill the tapeworm and reduce inflammation in the brain. However, in severe cases where the infection has caused significant damage to the brain, surgery may be necessary to remove the larvae and alleviate the symptoms. In recent years, there has been a significant amount of research on new therapies for cysticercosis, including new drugs and vaccines. Researchers are also exploring the use of gene therapy and other advanced techniques to treat the neurological damage caused by the infection. Overall, the study of cysticercosis is an important area of neurological research that has the potential to lead to new treatments and improve the quality of life for patients with this debilitating disorder.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.