Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 367-370

Cerebral coenurosis masquerading as malignancy: A rare case report from India

1 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Sagar Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Sagar Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Neuropathology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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P Somashekara Reddy
Sagar Hospital, Tilak Nagar, Jayanagar Extension, Bengaluru - 560 041, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_296_18

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Human coenurosis is a rare zoonotic disease caused by the larvae of Tinea multiceps seen in sheep-rearing countries. We report the case of a 63-year-old male who was referred to our hospital with a working diagnosis of skull base chondrosarcoma. Histopathological examination after surgical excision revealed characteristic feature of coenurus with multiple scolices invaginating from the outer cuticular layer. Coenuri are often mistaken for giant cysticercal cysts and hydatid cysts. Despite its wide prevalence in cattle, only two cases of human coenurosis are reported from India till date. We report the third case from India.

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