Quality of life in patients with neurocysticercosis in Mexico.
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The objective of this study was to compare quality of life measures in patients with neurocysticercosis (NCC) to those of a matched control group. The NCC outpatients and their controls were recruited from two neurology referral hospitals in Mexico City, Mexico during 2007-2008. The quality of life of 224 NCC patients was compared with 224 age-sex-hospital-day matched controls using the short form 12 v2 (SF-12 v2) quality of life survey. Medical chart reviews were also conducted for the NCC outpatients to evaluate presenting clinical manifestations. Compared with the controls, NCC patients had a significantly lower score for each of the eight domains of health evaluated and significantly lower Physical and Mental Component Summary scores. Chart reviews indicated that hydrocephalus (48%), severe headaches (47%), and epilepsy (31%) were the most common clinical manifestations in these NCC outpatients.
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Bhattarai, R., Budke, C. M., Carabin, H., Proao, J. V., Flores-Rivera, J., Corona, T., ... Flisser, A.
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Bhattarai, Rachana||Budke, Christine M||Carabin, Hélène||Proaño, Jefferson V||Flores-Rivera, Jose||Corona, Teresa||Cowan, Linda D||Ivanek, Renata||Snowden, Karen F||Flisser, Ana