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Differential Diagnosis

The calcified nymphs of Armillifer are usually easily recognized. Their shape is distinctive and they are not found in muscle, which distinguishes these parasites from the calcified cysts of cysticercosis. If there is any doubt, a survey film of the muscles of the thighs or limbs will help to exclude cysticercosis. A typical calcification of the nymphs might be confused with calcified mesenteric lymph nodes, or even with calculi, but the parasites are almost invariably multiple and scattered throughout the abdomen.

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