Hydatid disease

Last updated: Friday, 06, August, 2010
PresentationAppropriate Tests

Hydatid antibodies.

A positive result supports the clinical diagnosis but does not distinguish Echinococcus granulosus from E. multilocularis.

Visceral liver, lung

If hydatid disease is suspected, needle aspiration is contraindicated.

Surgical excision - macroscopic appearance is diagnostic; histology may be useful to identify viable germinal epithelium.

Cyst rupture

  • Eosinophilla
  • Fever
  • Urticaria
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Diffuse peritoneal, pleural implantation