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Although the mystery of the generation of intestinal worms and the muscle-embedded cysticerci of tape - worms was not to be solved until 1832, it may fairly be said that Redi, Leeuwenhoek, Swammerdam,
The presence of cysticerci in the skin and subcutaneous tissue gives rise to pea to hazelnut-sized, rounded, firm, movable tumors which, when developed, may remain unchanged for months.
The most serious consequence of infection is a disease called neurocysticercosis, which occurs when the larval cysts (or cysticerci) of the parasite enter the central nervous system and become lodged in the brain, spinal cord or eyes.
The symptoms that occur as a result depend on the number and location of cysticerci.
Infection normally takes place by ingestion of cysticerci in uncooked meat.