Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2011  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27--30

Awareness of neurocysticercosis: A study from Northwest India


Mohit Girotra1, Chanchal Gera2, Rtika Ryfka Abraham1, Rajat Gauba1, Tino Bansal3, Parmdeep Kaur3, Yashpal Singh1, Jeyaraj D Pandian1 
1 Department of Neurology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
3 Departments of Social and Preventive Medicine and Betty Cowan Research and Innovation Centre, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Jeyaraj D Pandian
Department of Neurology, Head of Research, Betty Cowan Research and Innovation Centre, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab - 141008
India

Background: Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a common cause of epilepsy in developing countries. In order to plan and implement prevention programs, it is essential to study the awareness of NCC. Objective: To study the awareness of NCC among patients with NCC and compare with age- and gender-matched controls without NCC. Setting and Design: Hospital based case-control study. Materials and Methods: Two hundred and fourteen subjects were studied (109 NCC patients, and 105 age- and gender-matched controls without NCC). The participants were selected from neurology and medical wards of a tertiary referral hospital in northwest India. They were interviewed by trained medical interns using a questionnaire. Results: 64.2% of the NCC patients and 19% of control group had heard about NCC (P < 0.001). Knowledge regarding organ affected by NCC in the NCC group was 61.4% and in the control group was 80% (P = 0.09). Only 12.9% of the NCC group and none in the control group identified tape worm as a causative agent for NCC (P = 0.092). Negative effects of NCC on marriage and social life were more often cited by the NCC group but in the control group it was towards education (P = 0.004). Conclusions: The awareness of NCC was poor in both the groups. Educational programs are needed to improve the awareness about NCC among the patients and the public.


How to cite this article:
Girotra M, Gera C, Abraham RR, Gauba R, Bansal T, Kaur P, Singh Y, Pandian JD. Awareness of neurocysticercosis: A study from Northwest India.Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2011;14:27-30


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Girotra M, Gera C, Abraham RR, Gauba R, Bansal T, Kaur P, Singh Y, Pandian JD. Awareness of neurocysticercosis: A study from Northwest India. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Jun 28 ];14:27-30
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