In order to identify the early stages of Taenia solium metacestodes, 12 pigs were each fed 100,000 viable eggs and later killed and necropsied at different times after infection. Hematoxylin–eosin (HE) and immunohistochemical techniques (IHCs) were used to identify onchospheres and cysticerci in different tissues. At 2 days postinfection (dpi) structures compatible with onchospheres were found in the lumen of the small intestine, and in the mesenteric blood vessels and lymph nodes. At 4 dpi, these same structures were observed in the small intestine, the liver, and skeletal muscles. Between 6 and 39 dpi, they were found only in skeletal muscles. Between 2 and 6 dpi the postonchospheres were circular and oval shaped and measured between 6 and 34 × 27 μm. From 14 to 39 dpi, well-developed metacestodes 550 × 750 μm were observed. IHCs support the identification of early stages of T. solium.

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