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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

A solitary primary subcutaneous hydatid cyst in the abdominal wall of a 70-year-old woman: a case report

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Autoren:
Abdelmalek Ousadden, Hicham Elbouhaddouti, Karim Hassani Ibnmajdoub, Khalid Mazaz, Khalid AitTaleb
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-270) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

AO, KA, and HE operated on the patient. KHI took the photos. KM participated in follow-up. All authors participated in writing the case report and revising the draft. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Introduction

A solitary primary hydatid cyst in the subcutaneous abdominal wall is an exceptional entity, even in countries where the Echinococcus infestation is endemic.

Case presentation

We report a case of a 70-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to our hospital with a subcutaneous mass in the para-umbilical area with a non-specific clinical presentation. The diagnosis of subcutaneous hydatid cyst was suspected on the basis of radiological findings. A complete surgical resection of the mass was performed and the patient had an uneventful post-operative recovery. The histopathology confirmed the suspected diagnosis.

Conclusion

Hydatid cyst should be considered in the differential diagnosis of every subcutaneous cystic mass, especially in regions where the disease is endemic. The best treatment is the total excision of the cyst with an intact wall.

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