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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2013, Article ID 315834, 2 pages
Case Report

Cysticercosis: Hooked by a Hooklet on Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology—A Case Report

Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital, Jahangir Puri, Delhi 110033, India

Received 19 May 2013; Accepted 19 July 2013

Academic Editors: P. Agnamey and G. Walder

Copyright © 2013 Manav Sawhney and Shubhra Agarwal. 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 is a systemic parasitic disease caused by the larval form of cestode T. solium. It has a worldwide distribution and is potentially harmful with variable clinical manifestations. The patient most commonly presents with subcutaneous and muscle involvement in the form of nodular lesions. The other most commonly involved sites include eye, brain, bladder wall, and heart. Cysticercosis can be diagnosed on serology, and radiologically but confirmatory diagnosis is based on histopathological examination of the involved tissue biopsy specimen. Fine needle aspiration cytology is a useful low-cost outpatient procedure tool for preoperative diagnosis of cysticercosis and is absolutely essential for diagnosis of the parasitic lesions in a peripheral hospital, one like ours.