Revista Medica Herediana
versión impresa ISSN 1018-130X
ESQUICHA, Julio A.; FALCON, Néstor y OSHIRO, Susana. Clinical and epidemiological features of patients with neurocysticercosis in a general hospital in Lima. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.1, pp. 4-10. ISSN 1018-130X.
Objective: To describe the clinical and epidemiological features of patients with neurocysticercosis in a general hospital in Lima. Methods: Observational and descriptive study in 225 patients with neurocysticercosis at Hospital Maria Auxiliadora from 2002 to 2010. Information was gathered from the clinical charts. Results: 150 out of 225 cases were confirmed. The two most affected age groups were patients from 20-64 years of age (49.3%) and patients below 14 years (27.4%); 52% were females; 90% come from Lima; 40% were students; 26% were housewives; 8.7% were labors; 10% were rural workers, and 5.3% were maidservants. The most frequent symptoms were headache unresponsive to treatment (76%), seizures (74.7%) and loss of conscious (43.3%); 68.7% of patients were admitted. All patients received medical treatment and 19.3% were treated surgically. Conclusions: Neurocysticercosis was mainly observed among the active economical population from 20 to 64 years of age.
Palabras llave : Neurocysticercosis,; Cysticercus; Taenia solium; epidemiology.