Paper withdrawn: Neurocysticercosis in patients presenting with epilepsy at St Elizabeth's Hospital, Lusikisiki
Design. This was a descriptive study. Variables considered were: age, gender, symptoms and type of seizure, serology data, electroencephalogram, computed tomography (CAT) observations, treatment and ownership of pigs. Prevalence and risk assessment were determined by statistical analysis.
Setting. 113 patients presenting with epilepsy at St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Lusikisiki, Mthatha.
Outcome measures. Prevalence of neurocysticercosis in patients presenting with epilepsy.
Results. Prevalence of neurocysticercosis associated epilepsy was 61% and highest in the 10 to 19 years age group (15.2%). Neuro-imaging studies indicated that calcified lesions were frequently found while active lesions were often associated with positive serological results. Non-commercial pig farming was not a significant risk factor for neurocysticercosis in the sample group studied.
Conclusion. Neurocysticercosis was prevalent in patients presenting with and undergoing treatment for epilepsy.
Gilberto Serrano Ocana, Doctor, Dora Nginza Hospital
Juan Carlos Ortiz Sablon, doctor
Ilene Ochoa Tamayo, doctor
Leonardo Almaguer Arena, doctor
Luz Maria Serrano Ocana, doctor
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Date published: 2009-08-06
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