Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology

Handbook of Clinical Neurology Series (Editors: Aminoff, Boller, Swaab)

Edited by

  • Hector Garcia, Department of Microbiology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
  • Herbert Tanowitz, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA
  • Oscar Del Brutto, Hospital-Clinica Kennedy, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology, a new volume in The Handbook of Clinical Neurology, provides a comprehensive and contemporary reference on parasitic infections of the human nervous system.  Parasitic infections are varied and some are resolved by the host’s immune system, other infections may become established even though unnoticed, and some cause severe disease and death.  In our modern world, neuroparasitoses are no longer geographically isolated and these infections now appear worldwide.  Outside of a very few well understood pathologies, most parasitic infections have been neglected in the neurological literature and most neurologists have never diagnosed such an infection.  This volume details how, with the advent of modern neuroimaging techniques, improved diagnostic applications of molecular biology, more accurate immunodiagnosis, and minimally invasive neurosurgery, human nervous system parasitoses are now diagnosed and treated, with increasing frequency.   The book is divided into six sections, and begins with an introduction to the mechanisms of infection, diagnosis, and pathology of parasitic diseases. Subsequent chapters detail protozoan diseases and a section covering each of the major classes of human-infecting helminths: nematodes (roundworms), trematodes (flukes), and cestodes (tapeworms).  The final section contains chapters on other important areas of tropical clinical medicine including the neurological complications of venomous bites and tropical nutritional deficiencies.  Neuroparasitology and Tropical Neurology will be of interest to neurologists, neurosurgeons and other health professionals encountering patients with parasitic infections.
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Clinical and research neurologists, neurosurgeons, and medical professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic infections


Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53490-3


"This detailed reference on parasitology and tropical neurology is illustrated throughout with color and b&w diagnostic images and color clinical photos. Parasites are listed and discussed according to their etiologies. Opening chapters on general principles of parasitology include discussion of the burden of diseases as well as their mechanisms, pathology, and diagnosis. There is also discussion of the principles of novel imaging techniques applied to central nervous system parasitic infections."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

Section 1 Introduction
1. Neurological aspects of neglected tropical diseases:
Section 2 Pathophysiology and characteristics
2. Mechanisms of CNS invasion and damage by parasites
3. Immunodiagnosis of CNS Parasitic Infections
4. Imaging of CNS parasitic infections
5. Pathology of CNS parasitic infections
Section 3 Protozoa
6. Cerebral malaria
7. American Trypanosomiasis
8. Toxoplasmosis
9. Entamoeba histolytica brain abscess
10. Infections with Free-Living Amebae
11. Human African trypanosomiasis
12. Microsporidiasis
13. Neurological Neurologic Manifestations of Human Leishmaniasis
14. Neurologic Manifestations of Human Babesiosis
Section 4 Nematoda
15. Eosinophilic Meningitis
16. Toxocariasis
17. Strongyloides stercoralis infection complicating the central nervous system
18. Neurological manifestations of filarial infections
19. Neurotrichinellosis
20. Baylisascaris Larva Migrans
21. Other helminthic infections: Ascariasis, Dracontiasis, Lagochilascariasis, Micronemiasis
Section 5 Trematoda
22. Schistosomiasis of the nervous system
23. Paragonimiasis
24. Direct and indirect affection of the central nervous system by Fasciola infection
Section 6 Cestoda
25. Neurocysticercosis
26. Cystic and alveolar echinococcosis
27. Other cestodes - Coenurosis, Sparganosis, Taenia crassiceps cysticercosis
Section 7 Other Tropical Neurological Pathologies
28. Neurological effects of venomous bites and stings: snakes, spiders, and scorpions
29. Effects of geohelminth infections on neurological development
30. Nutritional disorders in tropical neurology