Parasitic Diseases: Nervous System Effects

Karin Sharona Leder, Peter F Weller

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Abstract

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 does not exhaustively list all parasites reported to have possible neurological effects, but instead discusses those infections that are most likely to present with symptoms related to the nervous system. Specific infections covered include malaria, toxoplasmosis, amebic encephalitis, microsporidiosis, African and American trypanosomiasis, angiostrongyliasis, gnathostomiasis, strongyloidiasis, trichinellosis, visceral larva migrans, schistosomiasis, paragonimiasis, fascioliasis, cysticercosis, and echinococcosis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
EditorsLarry R Squire, Thomas D Albright, Floyd E Bloom, Fred H Gage, Nicholas C Spitzer
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
PublisherElsevier
Pages435 - 439
Number of pages5
Edition2nd
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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