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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 313-315

Prevesical hydatid cyst: An exceptional occurrence

1 Department of General Surgery, Siliana Hospital, Siliana 6100 Tunisie
2 Department of Radiology, Siliana Hospital, Siliana 6100 Tunisie
3 Department of General Surgery. Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunisie

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A Chokki
Department of General Surgery, Siliana Hospital, Siliana 6100 Tunisie

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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.43515

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Echinococcal cysts usually involve the liver; extrahepatic localization is reported in 11% of all cases of abdominal hydatid disease. We report a case of a prevesical hydatid cyst. A 53-year-old man was admitted with a large suprapubic mass. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed a cystic mass situated in front of the urinary bladder. There were no cysts in any other location. Serological tests were positive for Echinococcus. The patient was operated on and the cyst was completely excised. The pathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis of Echinococcosis. Isolated hydatid cyst situated in front of the urinary bladder has never been described in the literature. Hydatid cyst should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of abdominopelvic masses in endemic regions, before any procedure like puncture, biopsy or cystectomy, in order to avoid dissemination of the cystic contents or an anaphylactic shock.


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