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Vol 71, No 4 (2020)
Case report
Submitted: 2020-10-20
Accepted: 2020-11-16
Published online: 2020-12-30
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A case of neurocysticercosis with an unusual presentation on high seas

Ajit C. Kulkarni1
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2020.0047
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Pubmed: 33394493
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International Maritime Health 2020;71(4):278-280.
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  1. Medical Centre, Mumbai, India

open access

Vol 71, No 4 (2020)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case report
Submitted: 2020-10-20
Accepted: 2020-11-16
Published online: 2020-12-30

Abstract

Every seafarer undergoes a medical examination prior to joining a ship. Some disorders cannot be detected and they may appear while at sea. Diagnosing and managing them becomes extremely difficult for the Master being the caregiver on board. Large crude carriers often perform long voyages and due to their sheer size, do not enter any port. Helicopter evacuation of a sick or injured crew is the norm. They operate under strict chartering time lines which do not permit deviation from course. A case of hemiparesis on left side of body in a young hitherto healthy seafarer which was later diagnosed as a case of neurocysticercosis is described.

Abstract

Every seafarer undergoes a medical examination prior to joining a ship. Some disorders cannot be detected and they may appear while at sea. Diagnosing and managing them becomes extremely difficult for the Master being the caregiver on board. Large crude carriers often perform long voyages and due to their sheer size, do not enter any port. Helicopter evacuation of a sick or injured crew is the norm. They operate under strict chartering time lines which do not permit deviation from course. A case of hemiparesis on left side of body in a young hitherto healthy seafarer which was later diagnosed as a case of neurocysticercosis is described.

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Keywords

medical examination of seafarers; Radio Medical Advice; neurocysticercosis; seizure; Taenia solium

About this article
Title

A case of neurocysticercosis with an unusual presentation on high seas

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 71, No 4 (2020)

Article type

Case report

Pages

278-280

Published online

2020-12-30

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2020.0047

Pubmed

33394493

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2020;71(4):278-280.

Keywords

medical examination of seafarers
Radio Medical Advice
neurocysticercosis
seizure
Taenia solium

Authors

Ajit C. Kulkarni

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