Table 1

Clinical, treatment, ELISA and MRI information for 18 children with cerebral sparganosis
Case Age/sex Ingestion of pathways Presenting symptom(s) Results of ELISA Treatment MRI follow-up period (m) MRI enhancement Patterns
Serum CSF
1 6/F Frog (2y ago) Headache, altered mental status  + + Praziquantel NF tortuous linear shaped enhancement
2 3/M NI Seizures  + + Degenerated worm removed NF serpiginous tubular enhancement
3 5/M NI Hemiparesis, dizziness  + + Praziquantel 2 beaded enhancement
4 11/M NI Headache, seizures  + + Praziquantel NF ring enhancement
5 14/F Frog (6y ago) Altered mental status  + + Praziquantel 6 tortuous linear shaped enhanceme
6 4/F Untreated water (for 1y) Hemiparesis  + + Removal of live worm NF ring enhancement
7 7/M NI Headache, blurred vision, palsy  + + Praziquantel 1 beaded enhancement
8 13/M uncooked crabs (8y ago) Seizures, altered mental status  + + Praziquantel 5 beaded enhancement
9 15/M NI Headache, projectile vomiting  + + Degenerated worm removed NF ring enhancement
10 9/F NI Hemiparesis  + + Praziquantel 7 comma shaped and ring enhancement
11 12/M uncooked crabs (6y ago) Seizures, hemiparesis  + + Praziquantel NF beaded enhancement
12 9/F NI Headache, intermittent seizures  + + Live worm removed 7 serpiginous tubular enhancement
13 9/M NI Headache, seizures, blurred vision  + + Praziquantel 5 nodular enhancement
14 10/M NI Headache, altered mental status  + + Praziquantel NF beaded enhancement
15 7/F NI Seizures  + + Praziquantel 3 beaded enhancement
16 5/M NI Seizures, dizziness  + + Praziquantel NF serpiginous tubular enhancement
17 6/F NI Altered mental status  + + Praziquantel 7 nodular enhancement
18 17/F Untreated water (for 5y) Seizures  + + Praziquantel NF beaded enhancement

Note:NI = no ingestion; + = positive; - = negative; NF = no follow-up.

Gong et al.

Gong et al. BMC Pediatrics 2012 12:155   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-155

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