Cysticercosis is a parasitic disease, a result of accidental ingestion of eggs of Taenia Solium (pork tapeworm)
It is the leading cause of adult-onset seizures in developing countries
What we know
Pant et al, 2005
Pant et al, 2005
Allen et al, 1997
Epilepsy is more common among young adults in Nepal, which is in contrast to the global trend which sees a decline in epilepsy after the teenage years. This trend may be explained by the higher incidence of NCC in Nepal, which is by far the leading cause of epilepsy in this age group.
Global prevalence of Epilepsy
Prevalence of Epilepsy in Nepal
Neurocysticercosis Presented with Acute Psychosis:
A Case Report
Review Article: The Epidemiology and Health Burden of Neurocysticercosis in Nepal
Intraventricular Taenia solium neurocysticercosis:
A report of three cases
This conference is being organized for the first time in Nepal with the aim to transfer the technology and information related to cysticercosis among various scientists of the world. Nepal also has a high prevalence of cysticercosis and is the main cause of adult-onset seizures. Although cysticercosis is a potentially eradicable disease, we are far from attaining the goal of its eradication. As the strains, patterns and clinical profile of cysticercosis differ according to geographical location, this conference seeks to bridge the gap of technological and information between various countries about the prevalence of cysticercosis in order to tackle it more effectively.
Although it is the 4th potentially eradicable disease, there are countries which have already achieved this goal whereas many countries are far from it. In this meeting, we want to collaborate with basic scientists, neuroscientists, veterinarians, and various public health experts to give best answers. Many scientists have noticed and published the difference between presentation in South American countries (multiple lesions) and Asian countries (solitary lesion). We expect some insight into this fact from this conference.