Journal article

Accurate diagnosis of lesions suspected of being caused by Taenia solium in body organs of pigs with naturally acquired porcine cysticercosis

Charles G Gauci, Chrisostom Ayebazibwe, Zachary Nsadha, Chris Rutebarika, Ishab Poudel, Keshav Sah, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Andrew Stent, Angela Colston, Meritxell Donadeu, Marshall W Lightowlers

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | Public Library of Science | Published : 2019


The definitive method for diagnosis of porcine cysticercosis is the detection of cysticerci at necropsy. Cysts are typically located in the striated muscle and brain. Until recently Taenia solium cysticerci have not been definitively identified in other tissue locations, despite several comprehensive investigations having been undertaken which included investigation of body organs other than muscle and brain. Recently a study conducted in Zambia reported 27% infection with T. solium in the liver of pigs with naturally acquired porcine cysticercosis, as well as some T. solium infection in the lungs and spleen of some animals. We investigated the cause of lesions in sites other than the muscle..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project funded in part by the UK Government (Component Code 203188-101; GALVmed [AC]). Funding is acknowledged from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grant GTN1105448 (MWL) ( funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.