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Imaging aspects of the racemose neurocysticercosis.

Machado DC, Camilo GB, Alves UD, de Oliveira CE, de Oliveira RV, Lopes AJ - Arch Med Sci (2015)

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Affiliation: Postgraduate Program in Medical Sciences, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Department of Radiology, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most common parasitic infection of the central nervous system (CNS)... During the epileptic seizures, the α rhythm was maintained, indicating that there was not complete loss of consciousness (only compromised consciousness)... High-resolution CT (HRCT) with the administration of iodinated contrast medium revealed small rounded lesions, which were well-defined, grouped, presented a ‘grape-cluster’ appearance and were located at the cortical-subcortical region of the left frontal lobe (superior and middle gyri)... There was ring enhancement of the contrast medium associated with significant perilesional edema, as well as effacement of the adjacent cortical sulci and the corresponding lateral ventricle which caused contralateral deviation from the midline at approximately 0.8 cm... In this form, a discrete chronic inflammatory reaction occurs... In the racemose form, the cysticerci are located at the basal cisterns or the ventricular and subarachnoid spaces and usually present a multilobular vesicular form with a mass effect... Computed tomography and MRI provide objective evidence concerning the number, topography and involution stage of the lesions... Cystic lesions located within the cerebrospinal fluid cisterns usually have a multilobular appearance, tend to displace neighboring structures and behave as lesions with a mass effect... According to an evolutionary point of view, parenchymal NCC may be divided into the following four stages: (1) the vesicular stage, characterized by the presence of a scolex within the cyst and the absence of enhancement of the cyst wall; (2) the colloidal vesicular stage, characterized by thick fluid inside the cyst, a ring-enhancing lesion and loss of scolex; (3) the granular nodular stage, characterized by enhancement of the nodular lesion or a small ring-enhancing lesion; and (4) the nodular calcified stage, in which small, calcified granulomatous lesions can be seen... However, if the scolex is not detected, the following alternative features should be considered: widened perivascular spaces and neuroglial cysts in cases involving intraparenchymal lesions; ependymal cysts and choroid plexus cysts at intraventricular sites; and subarachnoid cysts and epidermoid cysts at other extra-axial locations... In the granular nodular stage of NCC, the main imaging characteristics for differential diagnosis include early stage granulomatous diseases and metastases that present as contrast-enhanced nodular lesions... Finally, in the nodular calcified stage, late-stage granulomatous disease and tuberous sclerosis are the main conditions that should be considered in differential diagnoses of NCC... In conclusion, the present case report describes a rare form of NCC... The lesions extended from the periventricular region to the cortical-subcortical interface, indicating a case of racemose NCC with an atypical location that was in the most chronic stage of the disease.

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Cortical-subcortical left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area, compressing the lateral ventricles and displacing the midline structures. A – Axial HRCT of the skull without contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating a left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area. B – Axial HRCT of the skull after contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating multinodular lesions with intense enhancement of the ring type
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Figure 0001: Cortical-subcortical left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area, compressing the lateral ventricles and displacing the midline structures. A – Axial HRCT of the skull without contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating a left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area. B – Axial HRCT of the skull after contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating multinodular lesions with intense enhancement of the ring type

Mentions: High-resolution CT (HRCT) with the administration of iodinated contrast medium revealed small rounded lesions, which were well-defined, grouped, presented a ‘grape-cluster’ appearance and were located at the cortical-subcortical region of the left frontal lobe (superior and middle gyri). There was ring enhancement of the contrast medium associated with significant perilesional edema, as well as effacement of the adjacent cortical sulci and the corresponding lateral ventricle which caused contralateral deviation from the midline at approximately 0.8 cm. One of the lesions showed gross calcifications (Figure 1). Imaging aspects were compatible with racemose NCC at the granular nodular and calcified nodular stages. At this time, treatment for NCC was initiated with albendazole and dexamethasone.


Imaging aspects of the racemose neurocysticercosis.

Machado DC, Camilo GB, Alves UD, de Oliveira CE, de Oliveira RV, Lopes AJ - Arch Med Sci (2015)

Cortical-subcortical left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area, compressing the lateral ventricles and displacing the midline structures. A – Axial HRCT of the skull without contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating a left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area. B – Axial HRCT of the skull after contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating multinodular lesions with intense enhancement of the ring type
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Figure 0001: Cortical-subcortical left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area, compressing the lateral ventricles and displacing the midline structures. A – Axial HRCT of the skull without contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating a left frontal lesion intermingled with gross calcification and edema/infiltration in the surrounding area. B – Axial HRCT of the skull after contrast (W: 45; C: 90) demonstrating multinodular lesions with intense enhancement of the ring type
Mentions: High-resolution CT (HRCT) with the administration of iodinated contrast medium revealed small rounded lesions, which were well-defined, grouped, presented a ‘grape-cluster’ appearance and were located at the cortical-subcortical region of the left frontal lobe (superior and middle gyri). There was ring enhancement of the contrast medium associated with significant perilesional edema, as well as effacement of the adjacent cortical sulci and the corresponding lateral ventricle which caused contralateral deviation from the midline at approximately 0.8 cm. One of the lesions showed gross calcifications (Figure 1). Imaging aspects were compatible with racemose NCC at the granular nodular and calcified nodular stages. At this time, treatment for NCC was initiated with albendazole and dexamethasone.

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Affiliation: Postgraduate Program in Medical Sciences, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Department of Radiology, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most common parasitic infection of the central nervous system (CNS)... During the epileptic seizures, the α rhythm was maintained, indicating that there was not complete loss of consciousness (only compromised consciousness)... High-resolution CT (HRCT) with the administration of iodinated contrast medium revealed small rounded lesions, which were well-defined, grouped, presented a ‘grape-cluster’ appearance and were located at the cortical-subcortical region of the left frontal lobe (superior and middle gyri)... There was ring enhancement of the contrast medium associated with significant perilesional edema, as well as effacement of the adjacent cortical sulci and the corresponding lateral ventricle which caused contralateral deviation from the midline at approximately 0.8 cm... In this form, a discrete chronic inflammatory reaction occurs... In the racemose form, the cysticerci are located at the basal cisterns or the ventricular and subarachnoid spaces and usually present a multilobular vesicular form with a mass effect... Computed tomography and MRI provide objective evidence concerning the number, topography and involution stage of the lesions... Cystic lesions located within the cerebrospinal fluid cisterns usually have a multilobular appearance, tend to displace neighboring structures and behave as lesions with a mass effect... According to an evolutionary point of view, parenchymal NCC may be divided into the following four stages: (1) the vesicular stage, characterized by the presence of a scolex within the cyst and the absence of enhancement of the cyst wall; (2) the colloidal vesicular stage, characterized by thick fluid inside the cyst, a ring-enhancing lesion and loss of scolex; (3) the granular nodular stage, characterized by enhancement of the nodular lesion or a small ring-enhancing lesion; and (4) the nodular calcified stage, in which small, calcified granulomatous lesions can be seen... However, if the scolex is not detected, the following alternative features should be considered: widened perivascular spaces and neuroglial cysts in cases involving intraparenchymal lesions; ependymal cysts and choroid plexus cysts at intraventricular sites; and subarachnoid cysts and epidermoid cysts at other extra-axial locations... In the granular nodular stage of NCC, the main imaging characteristics for differential diagnosis include early stage granulomatous diseases and metastases that present as contrast-enhanced nodular lesions... Finally, in the nodular calcified stage, late-stage granulomatous disease and tuberous sclerosis are the main conditions that should be considered in differential diagnoses of NCC... In conclusion, the present case report describes a rare form of NCC... The lesions extended from the periventricular region to the cortical-subcortical interface, indicating a case of racemose NCC with an atypical location that was in the most chronic stage of the disease.

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