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Importance of Ophtalmological Examination In The Face of Suspicion of Neurocysticercosis
Rajaona Ranto Andriatsilavina1*, Rasolonjatovo Emilson2, Rafanomezantsoa Rindra1, Miray Louis De Gonzague1, Razafimahefa Julien3, Raobela Lea1
1Department of Ophthalmology HJRA Hospital, University of Antananarivo Madagascar
2Department of Neurosurgery, HJRA Hospital, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
3Department of Neurology, Befelatanana Hospital, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
*Corresponding author: Ranto Andriatsilavina Rajaona, Department of Ophthalmology HJRA Hospital, University of Antananarivo Madagascar, Tel no: 00261331103381 ; E-mail: @
Received: 26 September, 2016; Accepted: 15 October, 2016; Published: 25 October, 2016
Citation: Andriatsilavina RR, Emilson R, Rindra R, De Gonzague ML, Julien R, et al. (2016) Importance of Ophtalmological Examination In The Face of Suspicion of Neurocysticercosis. Int J Open Access Ophthal 1(3): 2. DOI: 10.15226/2474-9249/1/3/00107
Introduction: Cysticercosis is a parasitosis due to the development of cysticercus larva in various tissues of organism. This infection constitutes a chief problem of public health in developing countries like Madagascar.

The purpose of the study is to report one case of neuroocular cysticercosis and to emphasize the importance ophtalmological examination if neurocysticercosis is suspected.

Observation: We report the case of 20 years old man at whom a translucent cystic lesion animated with peristaltic movement was discovered during the funduscopic examination that permitted to diagnose a neurocysticercosis.

Discussion: In the discussion, we will stress the importance of ophtalmological examination in the face of all suspicion of neurocysticercosis.

Conclusion: All in all, in view of the high prevalence of this disease in Madagascar, ophtalmological consultation is of paramount importance.

Keywords: Ocular cysticercosis ; Ophtalmological examination; Ocular prevalence
Cysticercosis is humans infection by larval form of Taenia solium. This disease constitutes a chief problem of public health in developing countries where hygiene is poor. Otherwise, neurocysticercosis is an emerging disease in developed countries, due to increased immigration from endemic areas, mainly in Latin America. Cysticercosis affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide [1]. Madagascar, with around 10% of prevalence is among the most touched nations by this infection. Cysticercosis can infest any organs, especially central nervous system, whereas ophtalmological involvement is rare [3]. We report a case of intraocular cysticercosisthat led to a diagnosis of neurocysticercosis.
We report a case of 28 years old man, medical student, who came to the consultation for progressive painless vision loss from left eyes which began since about one month prior to eye check. Concerning his past history, he does not have any medico-surgicals particular issues, apart from a habit of eating raw porcsausages during his childhood. The story had started two months before he went to ophtalmological consultation. He had had unusual temporal cephalgia associated with a painful left eye for several days. Therefore, he went to a general practitioner who prescribed him a stage 2 analgesic that slightly relieved the symptoms. He carried out first ophtalmological consultation with a liberal ophthalmologist who prescribed glasses thinking that headaches were due to ametropia, visual acuity was normal in both eyes, examination of the fundus was not performed. Then, the appearance of Bravais Jacksonian type epileptic seizures combined with absence were the causes of his admission to neurology service. The brain CT scan was normal [Figure 1]. Biological examination showed a normal CRP lower than 5Mg/l, the hematocrit at 50,5%. The hemogram found out an hypereosinophilia at 3 Giga per liter, both CRL (Cerebrospinal Liquid) analysis and cysticercosis serology are normal. Consequently, the diagnosis couldn't be discovered,he was given laroxyl as treatement and discharged from hospital. The neurological symptoms disappeared. But after getting out of hospital, his vision began to decrease rapidely pushing him to go to ophtalmological consultation in hospital again ten days later.

The ocular exam in left eye showed: visual acuity was hand movement. The anterior segment was normal, particularly, anterior uveitis, pupillary reflexes were positives, IOP is 14mmHg. In funduscopic examination, however, there was an hyalitis estimated to 3 crosses with a spheric translucent cystic formation.This is a whitish stain animated by a peristaltic movement when triggered by light. Right eye exam was normal. The cysticercosis was finally diagnosed.

Cysticercosis is a larval cestodose due to the growth in the
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humans the tænia solium larva [1]. This is a strict small intestine parasitic of humans (definitive hosts). Nevertheless, humans might accidentally become intermediate hostsof T solium; these larva can determine, according to their localisations, a cysticercosis in the following sites: cerebral , cuteneo-muscular, ocular [4]. Madagascar belongs to the very high endemicity regions with prevalence rate which vary from 7 to 21% according to the regions [2].

Cysticercosis affects especially the central nervous system with prevalence from 60 to 90% [1] of cases. By contrast, ocular localization is rare, in about 5% of cases, whose 90% located in posterior segment (vitreous, subretinal) [5].

Clinical diagnosis of neurocysticercose is based on a lot of beams of argument such as (faecal peril, promiscuity humans pigs, measly meat consumption), clinical (convulsion), biological (blood hypereosinophilia), tomodensitometrical (parenchymatous form). Immunology and anatomopathology are needed for biological diagnosis [1]. In our case, immunological blood examination, CRL as well as cerebral imaging couldn't manage to confirm the diagnosis. However,the ophtalmological symptoms that occurred secondarily led to a certain diagnosis in which intravitreous cyst was seen. Actually the ophtalmological (fundus) examination only permit to unveil the diagnosis in presence of intravitreous or subretinal mobile translucent cyst [1].
Neurocysticercosis is the most serious emerging and reemerging disease. This parasitosis is responsible for 50.000 death every year according to WHO [6]. It is one of the most frequent causes of epilepsy in developing countries, unfortunately, it is not always easy to diagnose due to the shortage of technical equipement.

Hence, ophtalmological consultation especially fundus examination is of paramount importance if cysticercosis is suspected in an endemic area. Otherwise, its important to suspected when the symptoms are compatible in a patient from an endemic area.
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