Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Onchocerciasis-Related Epilepsy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2206

Recently it has been found that Onchocerca-stages may also induce epilepsy, if stages of pathogenic strains enter the brain and lead to peculiar immune reactions, which are triggered by insomnia due to intensive itching.

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