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PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Sep 19;7(9):e2450. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002450. eCollection 2013.

Spinal cystic echinococcosis--a systematic analysis and review of the literature: part 1. Epidemiology and anatomy.

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Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

Bone involvement in human cystic echinococcosis (CE) is rare, but affects the spine in approximately 50% of cases. Despite significant advances in diagnostic imaging techniques as well as surgical and medical treatment of spinal CE, our basic understanding of the parasite's predilection for the spine remains incomplete. To fill this gap, we systematically reviewed the published literature of the last five decades to summarize and analyze the currently existing data on epidemiological and anatomical aspects of spinal CE.

PMID:
24086783
PMCID:
PMC3783062
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pntd.0002450
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