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Oral albendazole in the management of extraocular cysticercosis.
  1. R Sihota and
  2. S G Honavar
  1. Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.


    Surgical removal of extraocular cysticerci is fraught with complications. The effect of oral albendazole in such cases has been evaluated in a randomised, controlled, clinical trial. Of 24 ultrasonographically diagnosed, and ELISA positive cases of extraocular cysticerci, 12 received oral albendazole 15 mg/kg once daily for 1 month, while the 12 controls received a placebo. Marked clinical improvement was seen in all the cases in the treatment group at 4 weeks, with collapse of the cyst at 6 weeks (75%), and complete disappearance at 3 months (100%). No clinical or ultrasonographical change was noted in the control group. A trial of medical management with oral albendazole merits consideration in cases of extraocular cysticerci.

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