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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

Print version ISSN 0036-4665

Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo vol.30 no.6 São Paulo Nov./Dec. 1988

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46651988000600008 

CASE REPORT

 

Seizures and Praziquantel. A case report

 

Convulsiones en un indivíduo tratado con Praziquantel

 

 

Jaime R. Torres R.; Oscar Noya G.; Belkysyolé A. de Noya; Alejandro Mondolfi G.

Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Apartado 2109, Caracas, Venezuela

 

 


SUMMARY

A 27 year Old male developed seizures after receiving a single 20 mg/kg dose of praziquantel for the treatment of an intestinal Hymenolepis nana infection. On further clinical and laboratorial evaluations, he was found to suffer from an until then asymptomatic parenchymal brain cysticercosis. Praziquantel must be used with caution in those areas where cysticercosis represents a mayor public health problem. The occurrence of unexpected seizures in an individual being treated with the compound, must prompt clinicians to rule out cysticercosis of the CNS.

Key words: Praziquantel; Seizures; Neurocysticercosis.


RESUMEN

Un paciente de sexo masculino de 27 años de edad desarrolló convulsiones luego de recibir una dosis única de 20 mg/kg de praziquantel para el tratamiento de una infección intestinal por Hymenolepis nana. Ulteriores evaluaciones clínicas y de laboratório mostraron que el paciente sufría de una hasta ese momento asintomática cisticercosis dei parenquima cerebral. Praziquantel debe ser utilizado con precaución en aquellas areas en las cuales la cisticercosis representa un problema importante de salud pública. La ocurrencia de convulsiones inesperadas en un individuo que este siendo tratado con el compuesto, hace necesario la exclusión de cisticercosis del SNC.


 

 

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