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Rapid Review: Worms and Cestodes

October 26, 2017

Reviewed February 2024

Sample Question:

A 61-year-old man with hypertension is brought to the emergency department 20 minutes after having a generalized tonicclonic seizure. He has had recurrent headaches over the past 6 months. He frequently travels throughout South America, where he swims in fresh water and eats street food, including meat and fish. He most recently traveled to Ecuador 9 months ago. On physical examination, his temperature is 37.0°C, heart rate is 89 bpm, respiratory rate is 17 breaths/minute, and blood pressure is 159/93 mm Hg. He is confused and disoriented. His neurological examination is notable for hyperreflexia. On a CT scan of the head with contrast, multiple small, cystic lesions are observed, as shown above. Which of the following is the most likely causal organism of this patient’s condition?

By Yehuda Wolf, MPA, PA-C

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