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Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is an infection of the brain by larvae of the pork tapeworm parasite Taenia solium (T. solium). The only animal reservoirs for this parasite are humans and pigs, it is transmitted from both by the oral-fecal route. The eggs enter our system via the consumption of either undercooked pork or water or vegetables that are contaminated by the stool of either animal. Under the influence of the acids and enzymes in our stomach the egg – a semitransparent, opalescent white, elongate oval in shape, and 0.6–1.8cm long – dissolves and releases the embryos, the cysticerci, which once into the...

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Peritonsillar Abscess

Peritonsillar Abscess (PTA) Peritonsillar Abscess ○ The most common deep infection of the head and neck in adults ○ Typically by a combination of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria Who gets it? ○ most common in persons 20 to 40 years of age, does not discriminate by gender ○ Young children are seldom affected unless they are immuno-compromised In children however the infection can cause significant airway obstruction ○ Previous episodes of tonsillitis ○ Multiple trials of antibiotics for tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and other oral/dental processes Most common presenting Symptoms ○ Progressively worsening sore throat, often localized to one side ○ Fever...