Isolated lingual cysticerscosis: a rare case report
Keywords:Cysticercosis, Lingual, Oral cavity, Taenia solium
Taenia solium completes its life cycle in two hosts. Generally, cysticercosis results from accidental ingestion of the eggs of taenia solium through faeco‐oral contamination or autoinfection cysticercosis is commonly found in muscular and subcutaneous tissues. Central nervous system and eye are commonly affected. Despite abundant intermuscular tissue in oral cavity, it is uncommon site for cysticercosis because of high muscular activity and metabolic rate of oral tissues. We present a case of a 21-year-old male, presented with painless solitary swelling in the ventral aspect of tip of tongue at the centre. Excision of the swelling was done followed by histopathological examination. The histopathological examination revealed cysticercosis cellulosae in tongue musculature. Histopathological picture showed cysticercus larva surrounded by a double layered membrane. The patient was given albendazole 200 mg TDS for 30 days. One-year follow-up showed no signs of recurrence. Lingual cysticercosis usually presents as diagnostic dilemma. Complete excision along with histopathological examination is diagnostic. Infestation in this region is relatively mild as compared to ocular or neurocysticercosis. However, the patients should be examined thoroughly and followed up for possible concurrent ophthalmologic and neurologic involvements as well.
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