Identification

Author

Ong S, Talan DA, Moran GJ, Mower W, Newdow M, et al.

Title

Neurocysticercosis in radiographically imaged seizure patients in U.S. emergency departments

Year

2002

Publication type

Article

Journal

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Created

2012-10-15 16:07:08+00:00

Modified

2016-07-27 16:34:08.776857+00:00

Details

Volume

8

Number

6

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738481/
DOI

10.3201/eid0806.010377

Accessed

2016-06-08

Extended information

Abstract

Neurocysticercosis appears to be on the rise in the United States, based on immigration patterns and published cases series, including reports of domestic acquisition. We used a collaborative network of U.S. emergency departments to characterize the epidemiology of neurocysticercosis in seizure patients. Data were collected prospectively at 11 university-affiliated, geographically diverse, urban U.S. emergency departments from July 1996 to September 1998. Patients with a seizure who underwent neuroimaging were included. Of the 1,801 patients enrolled in the study, 38 (2.1%) had seizures attributable to neurocysticercosis. The disease was detected in 9 of the 11 sites and was associated with Hispanic ethnicity, immigrant status, and exposure to areas where neurocysticercosis is endemic. This disease appears to be widely distributed and highly prevalent in certain populations (e.g., Hispanic patients) and areas (e.g., Southwest).