Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging

: 2011  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 157--158

Whole body MR and disseminated cysticercosis

Ajit Harishkumar Goenka, Atin Kumar 
 Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India

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Atin Kumar
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi

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Goenka AH, Kumar A. Whole body MR and disseminated cysticercosis.Indian J Radiol Imaging 2011;21:157-158

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Goenka AH, Kumar A. Whole body MR and disseminated cysticercosis. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Jul 8 ];21:157-158
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Dear Sir,

We read with interest the comprehensive discussion on disseminated cysticercosis, titled "Disseminated cysticercosis with pulmonary and cardiac involvement" by Jain et al., published in the Oct-Dec 2010 issue of the Indian Journal of Radiology and Imaging. [1] In their 19-year-old male patient, the authors made an imaging diagnosis of disseminated cysticercosis based on the findings on MRI brain, CT scan of the chest, 2D-echocardiography and orbital and cardiac USG, which was subsequently confirmed on muscle biopsy. The authors state that no previous study has documented such an extent of involvement. However, we believe this is an oversight because the imaging features of extensively disseminated cysticercosis, although rare, are not unknown. Indeed, they have recently been described in literature. [2],[3]

Moreover, we also wish to draw your attention to the recent description of whole body MRI (WB-MRI) as a stand-alone modality in the diagnosis and management of this pleomorphic disease. [2],[3] WB-MRI examination using the total imaging matrix (TIM) coil system is fast gaining prominence as an accurate staging tool in oncology. It has also been recently demonstrated to be the "one-stop-shop" in the diagnosis of disseminated cysticercosis, in mapping the extent of involvement, in depiction of the dynamic evolutionary stages of the parasite's life cycle as well as its complications. In fact, the characteristic appearance of disseminated cysticercosis on WB-MRI may even preclude the need for other diagnostic imaging investigations or biopsy. Besides, the role of MRI in guiding appropriate therapy and in evaluating treatment response is also well established. [2],[3]

Given the fact that cysticercosis is an endemic disease in India and that WB-MRI is now available on most modern MRI scanners, especially in academic institutions, we believe that awareness about this technique may enable us to explore its valuable potential in such disease entities.


1Jain BK, Sankhe SS, Agrawal MD, Naphade PS. Disseminated cysticercosis with pulmonary and cardiac involvement. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2010;20:310-3.
2Kumar A, Goenka AH, Choudhary A, Sahu JK, Gulati S. Disseminated cysticercosis in a child: Whole-body MR diagnosis with the use of parallel imaging. Pediatr Radiol 2010;40:223-7.
3Goenka AH, Garg A. Pseudomuscular male with seizures: Disseminated cysticercosis. Int J Infect Dis 2010;14:e385-7.