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An uncommon cause of seizures in children living in developed countries: neurocysticercosis -a case report

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Author(s): Raffaldi Irene | Scolfaro Carlo | Mignone Federica | Aguzzi Sonia | Denegri Federica | Tovo Pier-Angelo

Journal: The Italian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 1720-8424

Volume: 37;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract Neurocysticercosis represents an important cause of seizures in children in endemic countries, such as Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, while in Europe, especially in Italy, the cases of neurocysticercosis are anectodal. We report the case of a 6 year old boy, born and lived for four years in Cameroon, who presented a right emiconvulsion. The diagnosis was neurocysticercosis. This case accentuates the need to consider neurocysticercosis in a child presenting with non febrile seizures, mainly if he emigrated from an area of high prevalence or if he had long-term stay in endemic regions.
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