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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 854704, 2 pages
Case Report

Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of Cysticercosis—A Case Report

Department of Pathology, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Karnataka, Mysore 570022, India

Received 30 March 2012; Accepted 25 June 2012

Academic Editors: A. Mangano, A. R. Marra, and S. Yazar

Copyright © 2012 S. Suchitha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cysticercosis, caused by cysticercus cellulosae, the larval form of Taenia solium, is potentially a dangerous systemic disease with variable clinical manifestations. The disease most commonly involves subcutaneous and muscle tissues, followed by the eye and brain. Cysticercosis can be diagnosed by various radiologic means or by serology, both of which, however, are not definitive. Biopsy and histologic examination containing the cysticerci is the most definitive method of diagnosis. We report a case of cysticercosis in a 27-year-old male patient, who presented with a subcutaneous swelling in the back which was diagnosed on fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC).