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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.70 no.9 São Paulo Sept. 2012 



Neurocysticercosis, immune status and immune response


Neurocisticercose, estado imunológico e resposta imune



Beuy JoobI; Viroj WiwanitkitII

ISanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
IIWiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand




Dear Editors,

A recent paper on neurocysticercosis and immune suppression is of interest1. Indeed, several observations on the co-occurrence of neurocysticercosis and immunosuppression can be seen. However, further studies are still required to conclude for any relationship. To develop any infection, the poor immune status of the affected patient must be accompanied. The host and parasite immune interaction seems to be a complex phenomenon. Focusing in neurocysticercosis, this is a chronic infection and the short-term evaluation of the immune status might not give the correct explanation on the findings. The detected immunosuppression might or might not be directly relating to the infection. Of interest, in tropical countries such as Thailand, there is still no evidence that neurocysticercosis increases its incidence among the immunodeficient subjects, such as HIV seropositive, and so on.



1. Bueno EC. Cysticercosis and the immunossupression: what are the mechanisms involved? Arq Neuropsiquiatr 2012;70:243-244.         [ Links ]



Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center
Bangkok - Thailand

Received 20 April 2012
Received in final form 01 May 2012
Accepted 08 May 2012
Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest to declare.

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