GIANT MULTIPLE INTRA-ABDOMINAL HYDATID CYSTS
AbstractHydatid disease is endemic in the cattle grazing areasparticularly Australia, New-Zealand, Middle East,India, Africa, South America and Turkey 1. It is aparasitic infection caused by the cestode tapewormEchinoccocus granulosus. The dogs are the definitivehost and the adult worms are found in their smallintestine. Humans get infected either by contact withthe definitive host or by consuming vegetables andwater contaminated with the hydatid ova 2. In humansthe hydatid disease commonly involves the liver (75%)and the lungs (15%). The remaining (10-15%) of thecases include the other regions of the body 1. Thedisseminated intra-peritoneal hydatid disease is a veryrare finding 1. We report such a presentation whereinthe abdominal cavity is seen to contain multiplehydatid cysts.
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