Current Medical Issues

: 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 45--46

Starry sky appearance

Darpanarayan Hazra, Ajay Christopher, Kundavaram Paul Prabhakar Abhilash 
 Department of Emergency Medicine, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Darpanarayan Hazra
Department of Emergency Medicine, CMC, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu

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Hazra D, Christopher A, Abhilash KP. Starry sky appearance.Curr Med Issues 2019;17:45-46

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Presenting a 25-year-old boy, with complaints of intermittent holocranial headache, associated with nausea, vomiting, double vision, horizontal diplopia, intermittent blurring of vision, followed by altered behavior, and memory loss.

Shown here is his noncontrast computed tomography (NCCT) brain, what is your diagnosis?


Numerous calcified lesions scattered across the brain parenchyma, suggestive of neurocysticercosis in the calcified nodular stage.

Starry sky appearance in the NCCT brain is seen in patients with numerous neurocysticercosis which are calcified. Other differentials include tuberculomas, chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids micro abscess, toxoplasmosis, mycotic granulomas, low-grade astrocytoma, and cystic cerebral metastasis.[1]

Neurocysticercosis is a common parasitic disease of the nervous system caused by Taenia solium, mostly seen in the rural population due to poor sanitation. Cysticercal encephalitis is an unusual presentation in patients with multiple intracranial cysts, in whom inflammation of brain parenchyma occurs due to toxic reaction to cysticercal antigens which are released after the death of cysts either spontaneously or due to cysticidal therapy.[2]

[Figure 1] NCCT brain showed numerous calcified lesions, in the brain parenchyma, suggestive of neurocysticercosis in the calcified nodular stage.{Figure 1}

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