GIANT MULTIPLE INTRA-ABDOMINAL HYDATID CYSTS

Naila Nadeem, Hassan Khan, Saulat Fatimi, Mohammad Nadeem Ahmad

Abstract


Hydatid disease is endemic in the cattle grazing areas
particularly Australia, New-Zealand, Middle East,
India, Africa, South America and Turkey 1. It is a
parasitic infection caused by the cestode tapeworm
Echinoccocus granulosus. The dogs are the definitive
host and the adult worms are found in their small
intestine. Humans get infected either by contact with
the definitive host or by consuming vegetables and
water contaminated with the hydatid ova 2. In humans
the hydatid disease commonly involves the liver (75%)
and the lungs (15%). The remaining (10-15%) of the
cases include the other regions of the body 1. The
disseminated intra-peritoneal hydatid disease is a very
rare finding 1. We report such a presentation wherein
the abdominal cavity is seen to contain multiple
hydatid cysts.

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