A patient with neurocysticercosis may have a poor quality of life if certain complications occur. Bhattarai et al used the SF-12 to assess the domains of health for these patients. The authors are from multiple universities and hospitals in the United States and Mexico.


Patients with neurocysticercosis tended to have a worse quality of life in all of the 8 domains of health.


Factors contributing to a worse quality of life:

(1) severe headaches

(2) hydrocephalus

(3) seizure disorder


Additional factors to consider:

(1) depression or anxiety

(2) work disability

(3) social disability


The quality of life of a patient with neurocysticercosis should be evaluated if significant clinical signs or disability are present.


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