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Can neurocsysticerosis cause seizures in spite of treatment?

Q: My son at the age of 7 started having epileptic seizures and the diagnosis was neurocysticercosis. He was given medicines for few years. The seizures stopped and 4 years ago the doctor stopped the medicine. Now my child is 16 years old. Last week he again had an epileptic attack. The doctor says we will have to give him medicine. Please guide me what to do? Can T. solium be dormant for so many years and again become active?

A:Neurocysticercosis can cause seizures even many years after the initial infection. These need to be treated effectively with an anticonvulsant. I would recommend that you see a paediatric neurologist if it is at all possible.


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