Parasitic diseases, nervous system effects

K. Leder, P. F. Weller

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Of the large number of parasites that may infect humans, some have a characteristic predilection for involvement of the nervous system, whereas other infections are only rarely associated with neurological manifestations. This article will not exhaustively list all parasites reported to have possible neurological effects, but instead will discuss those infections that are most likely to present with symptoms related to the nervous system. Specific infections covered include malaria, toxoplasmosis, amoebic encephalitis, microsporidiosis, African and American trypanosomiasis, angiostrongyliasis, gnathostomiasis, strongyloidiasis, trichinellosis, visceral larva migrans, schistosomiasis, paragonimiasis, fascioliasis, cysticercosis, and echinococcosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
EditorsGeorge Adelman, Barry H Smith
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia, USA
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
ISBN (Print)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Amoeba
  • Cysticercosis
  • Echinococcosis
  • Eosinophilic meningitis
  • Fascioliasis
  • Larva migrans
  • Malaria
  • Microsporidiosis
  • Paragonimiasis
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Strongyloidiasis
  • Tapeworms
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Trichinosis
  • Trypanosomiasis
  • Parasitic Diseases: Nervous System Effects

    Leder, K. S. & Weller, P. F., 2010, Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Squire, L. R., Albright, T. D., Bloom, F. E., Gage, F. H. & Spitzer, N. C. (eds.). 2nd ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier, p. 435 - 439 5 p.

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