Cardiac cysticercosis in the setting of colorectal cancer and immunosuppression

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      Cysticercosis is a parasitic infection that is caused by the tapeworm Taenia solium and is prevalent in Latin America, southern Africa, and parts of Asia. Cysticercosis normally affects the central nervous system, but rare cases of cardiac cysticercosis have been reported in the literature. We report a case of asymptomatic cardiac cysticercosis in a 54-year-old Afro-Brazilian man with a history of hemicolectomy and chemotherapy, who demonstrated characteristic intramyocardial lesions on transthoracic echocardiogram and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and responded well to subsequent treatment with albendazole and prednisone.

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