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World J Gastroenterol. 2007 Apr 28;13(16):2388-9.

Giant hepatic hydatid cyst: a case report.

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  • 1Department of General Surgery, Baskent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.


Large type 1 cysts are prone to perforation. Furthermore, insufficient drainage with subsequent abscess is a frequent problem of large cysts. We report here a case of a 19-year old man who was admitted to the hospital with pain in the right upper quadrant and epigastric region. An asymmetrical right upper quadrant enlargement was detected on physical examination. Ultrasonography and computerized tomography revealed a type 1 giant hydatid cyst in the right hepatic lobe, measuring 16 cm in diameter. During operation, partial cystectomy and drainage were done. The large dead space was obliterated by the 'sandwich' method. Omentum and gelatin sponges were used to fill the cavity. The postoperative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged on the 5th postoperative day.

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