Soft Tissue Cysticercosis:
Study of 21 Cases
Dr. Ranjan Agrawal,
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology,
Rohilkhand Medical College Hospital
Pilibhit Byepass Road, Bareilly, India.
Aim: To evaluate the clinico â€“ pathological profile of patients with cysticercosis cellulosae.
Materials and Methods: The clinico â€“ pathological data of patients with cysticercosis cellulosae who were reviewed during the last 5 years, were retrospectively analysed.
Results: Of the total 6805 biopsies analysed , 21 cases of cysticercosis in the soft tissues were observed. Excisional biopsy was performed to diagnose the lesion. The pattern of distribution was striated muscles in 11(52.4%), eye in 6 (28.6%), subcutaneous tissues in 2(9.5%), tongue in 1(4.8%) and breast in 1(4.8%) patient. Anterior abdominal wall was the most involved site.
Conclusion: Cysticercosis, a parasitic infestation caused by Taenia solium is a major health problem in the developing countries. It is a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma for the clinicians. Steps towards control and possible eradication of the disease are needed, as the disease causes not only chronic morbidity, but also contributes to economic losses in an already impoverished population.