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01.12.2012 | Review | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

World Journal of Emergency Surgery 1/2012

Acute pancreatitis due to pancreatic hydatid cyst: a case report and review of the literature

World Journal of Emergency Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2012
Amin Makni, Mohamed Jouini, Montassar Kacem, Zoubeir Ben Safta
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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

AM prepared the manuscript and performed the literature review. MJ formulated and assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. AM and MK conceived and performed the technique described in this manuscript. ZBS had given final approval of the version to be published. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.


Hydatid disease is a major health problem worldwide. Primary hydatid disease of the pancreas is very rare and acute pancreatitis secondary to hydatid cyst has rarely been reported. We report the case of a 38-year-old man who presented acute pancreatitis. A diagnosis of hydatid cyst of the pancreas, measuring 10 cm, was established by abdominal computed tomography before surgery. The treatment consisted of a distal pancreatectomy. The postoperative period was uneventful. Additionally, a review of the literature regarding case reports of acute pancreatitis due to pancreatic hydatid cyst is presented.
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