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Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2012;36(1):45-7. doi: 10.5152/tpd.2012.11.

[Ruptured pulmonary hydatid cyst: a case report].

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  • 1Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi, Tayfur Ata Sökmen Tıp Fakültesi, Pediatri Anabilim Dalı, Hatay, Türkiye, Turkey.


Hydatid cyst (HD), a very common disease in the world, is often transmitted to humans through dog feces. HD is especially common in countries where agriculture and animal husbandry is prevalent. HD is caused by Echinococcus granulosus. The clinic course of HD usually features settling in the liver and lungs. Lung involvement with chest pain, cough, shortness of breath can cause non specific symptoms such as fever and hemoptysis. Diagnostic interventions for HD include chest X-ray tomography, and physical examination. Although the treatment options of HD vary according to the clinical findings of the patients, the primary treatment may be considered as surgery. The most frequently applied methods of surgical treatment are cystectomy and capitonnage. Medical treatment is usually warranted for complicated cases, including the patients with multiple and unresectable lesions, patients who refuse surgery and the patients who cannot tolerate surgery. Treatment with albendazole and its derivatives are used. In this case report, we present a child with primary complaints of cough, chest pain, dyspnea, fatigue and fever who was latterly diagnosed with lung HD.

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