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J Clin Microbiol. 2013 Feb;51(2):688-91. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01906-12. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Fatal alveolar echinococcosis of the lumbar spine.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital of Liège, Liège, Belgium.

Abstract

For the last 10 years, the southern part of Belgium has been recognized as a low-risk area of endemicity for alveolar echinococcosis. This infection, caused by Echinococcus multilocularis, usually induces a severe liver condition and can sometimes spread to other organs. However, alveolar echinococcosis involving bones has been described only very rarely. Here, a fatal case of spondylodiscitis due to E. multilocularis contracted in southern Belgium is reported.

PMID:
23175265
PMCID:
PMC3553908
DOI:
10.1128/JCM.01906-12
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