Year : 2014 | Volume : 2 | Issue : 2 | Page : 111 - 112  

Case Reports
Cysticercosis in the Axillary Region: A Case Report

Sudhir Kumar Vujhini1, Panduranga Rao Sanagapati 2, Mahesh Kandukuri 3

1Assistant Professor, 2Professor and Head, Department of Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology, Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

3Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, MRIMS, Hyderabad, Telangana, India



Cysticercosis, a systemic illness and a major public health problem is caused by dissemination of the larval form of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. A high prevalence has been reported from the developing countries because of the co-existence of poor sanitary conditions and domestic pig raising. Cysticercosis is a preventable faeco-oral transmitted infection and it is possible to prevent infection by avoiding undercooked food, and water contaminated with human faeces.

In this unusual form of infection man becomes the intermediate host. The skeletal muscle, subcutaneous tissue, the eyes and CNS are the most frequently affected tissues. Other reported sites are heart, lungs, peritoneum, kidney, liver, and pancreas. The involvement of axillary region, although not unusual is a rare. We present a case of axillary cysticercosis in an 18 year old female.

Key words: Cysticercosis, Taenia solium, Axilla.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Sudhir Kumar Vujhini, Plot no-292, Lakshmisai Meadows, Beeramguda, RamachandraPuram, Hyderabad. 502032. Email:


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