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IP Archives of Cytology and Histopathology Research

Subcutaneous cysticercosis: a rare case series with review of literature

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Author Details: Kafil Akhtar, Binjul Juneja, Mohd. Talha

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2456-9267

Print ISSN : 2581-5725

Article First Page : 61

Article End Page : 63


Taenia solium is a common parasitic infection. Cysticercosis can affect various organs, including the brain, spinal cord, orbit, muscle, subcutaneous tissue and heart. Hence, the clinical syndromes caused by Taenia solium are categorized as either neurocysticercosis (NCC) or extra-neural cysticercosis.
Brain is the most common location accounting for 60-90% of all cases. Subcutaneous cysticercosis is a relatively rare entity and is often misdiagnosed clinically. About 54% of the patients present with subcutaneous nodules. This study includes case series of subcutaneous cysticercosis who were diagnosed only on excisional biopsy, which is the gold standard investigation.
This study is aimed to describe typical cases of ‘subcutaneous cysticercosis involving the left upper back, left upper eye lid and anterior chest wall with specific histopathological findings. We have also discussed the role of other imaging modalities in a case of subcutaneous cysticercosis.

: Cysticercosis, Subcutaneous tissue, Biopsy