Unexplainable development of a hydatid cyst

Di Cataldo, Antonio; Latino, Rosalia; Cocuzza, Aldo; Li Destri, Giovanni; Eghtesad, Bijan; Gruttadauria, Salvatore
July 2009
World Journal of Gastroenterology;7/14/2009, Vol. 15 Issue 26, p3309
Academic Journal
Case Study
Echinococcosis is a cyclozoonosis characterized by cystic lesions usually situated inside or outside the liver. We discuss the case of a 77-year-old woman with a recurrent hydatidosis with a cyst arising from the liver, growing through the lateral right abdomen wall, and reaching the subcutaneous tissue of the lumbar region. In the literature, rare subcutaneous or muscular localizations of hydatid cysts are described, however, there is no mention of a cyst growing over the abdominal wall muscles, shaped like an hourglass, partially in the liver and partially in the subcutaneous tissue, as in our case. We have not found any pathogenetic explanation for this growth pattern which is not typical of the biological behaviour of a hydatid cyst.


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