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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2003 Apr-Jun;21(2):139-40.

Hydatid cyst of the left ventricle of the heart.

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Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Madras Medical Mission, Chennai - 600 050, Tamil Nadu, India.


Hydatid disease of the heart is rare. We report a case of hydatid cyst of left ventricle in a forty year old lady where the diagnosis was made intra-operatively. The transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography showed a mixed echogenic mass arising from the left ventricle. The diagnosis of hydatid cyst was confirmed by the demonstration of scolex and hooklets in the cyst fluid. Hydatid cyst should be a differential diagnosis for a mixed echogenic mass on echocardiography.

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