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J Med Case Rep. 2012 Sep 13;6:293. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-6-293.

Preoperative diagnosis of a breast hydatid cyst using fine-needle aspiration cytology: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.



A hydatid cyst of the breast is rare and often goes unnoticed by mammography and ultrasound. Preoperative diagnosis may be performed using fine-needle aspiration cytology, which also minimizes the risk of intraoperative rupture.


We report the case of a 70-year-old Spanish woman who was diagnosed with a hydatid cyst using fine-needle aspiration cytology before surgery.


Fine-needle aspiration cytology is an accurate and safe technique that can allow surgery to be avoided, especially in older patients or patients with high surgical risk.

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