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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 245259, 3 pages
Case Report

Resolution of Acute Hydrocephalus and Migration of Neurocysticercosis Cyst with External Ventricular Drainage

1Department of Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, 401 Broadway, 5th Floor, Patricia Steele Building, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
2Division of Neurosurgery, Duke University Medical Center, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA

Received 28 January 2010; Accepted 2 April 2010

Academic Editor: Tobias Keck

Copyright © 2010 Abhineet Chowdhary 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.


Neurocysticercosis is endemic in the developing world, but is becoming more common in the US due to immigration. A 24-year-old man presented with acute hydrocephalus and headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Head CT revealed a 3rd ventricular cyst and immunological studies were suggestive of neurocysticercosis. EVD placement resulted in migration of the cyst interiorly and superiorly with return of normal CSF flow by MRI and resolution of symptoms. Review of this condition is important given increasing incidence in the United States.