Medical Treatment for Neurocysticercosis: Drugs, Indications and Perspectives

Author(s): Agnes Fleury , Helgi Jung , Graciela Cardenas , Edda Sciutto .

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 8 , Issue 5 , 2008

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Abstract:

Neurocysticercosis is one of the most frequent parasitic diseases affecting the central nervous system. The introduction of anticysticidal therapy in the early 80s and the concomitant improvement of the radiological techniques have lead to apparently significant progress in patient prognosis. However, due to the specificity of the disease, a great debate has been generated on the real usefulness of cysticidal drugs. This article revises and discusses the pharmacological aspects of cysticidal treatment and summarizes current indications for the different types of the disease.

Keywords: Neurocysticercosis, taenia solium, treatment, albendazole, praziquantel, corticosteroids

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VOLUME: 8
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2008
Page: [424 - 433]
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.2174/156802608783790811
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