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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 361-363

Cysticercosis presenting as cervical lymphadenopathy: A rare presentation in two cases with review of literature


Department of Pathology, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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P Elhence
Department of Pathology, Subharti Medical College, NH-58, Delhi-Haridwar Bypass, Meerut-250005, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-3077.100652

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Lymphadenopathy is a rare mode of presentation of cysticercus infestation. Hence, in endemic areas, cysticercosis must be included in the differential diagnosis of superficial palpable swellings in the neck region. We report two cases of cervical lymphadenopathy which were clinically suspected to be of tuberculous etiology. However, fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) revealed features of parasitic lymphadenitis consistent with cysticercosis. Our cases highlight the importance of FNAC as an initial and rapid diagnostic modality for detecting parasitic lesions manifesting as lymphadenitis. Diagnosis by the minimally invasive FNA technique prompted an early therapeutic intervention with good response in our patients.


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