About MEAJO | Editorial board | Search | Ahead of print | Current Issue | Archives | Instructions to authors | Online submission | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact | Login 
Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Users Online: 373   Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-116

Suprasellar cysticercosis cyst with optic nerve compression masquerading as an arachnoid cyst


1 Department of Surgery, Neurosurgery Unit, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
2 Harare Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe
3 Harare, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sharai Shamu
Harare Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, 5 Weale Road, Milton Park, Harare
Zimbabwe
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/meajo.MEAJO_142_18

Rights and Permissions

Cysticercosis is a parasitic infection caused by the larvae of the cestode Taenia solium. Ocular parasitosis in humans is well recognized; however, cysticercosis of the optic nerve is rare. Here, we report a case of an adult male who presented with right-sided headache and a gradual loss of vision in the right eye. Optical coherence tomography indicated severe loss of ganglion cells in the right eye. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a predominantly suprasellar cystic lesion thought to represent an arachnoid cyst. We performed a craniotomy to excise the cyst. Histopathological examination of the excised cyst revealed internal living larvae of T. soilum. After co-administration of praziquantel and albendazole, vision was restored, and the headaches ceased. Vision has since been restored in both eyes. A higher degree of neurocysticercosis suspicion should be maintained for patients living in endemic areas who present with ophthalmic symptoms where the brain scans show cystic lesions.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed62    
    Printed0    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded7    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal