Published: 2020-04-24

Pulmonary hydatid cyst in children

Rajkumar M. Meshram, Vishal S. Gajimwar, Kavitha G., Sadullah Saqulain Khwaja


Hydatidosis is a zoonotic parasitic disease with global existence caused by tapeworm of family Taeniidae and genus Echinococcus. It is transmitted by feco oral route or direct contact with dogs. A 7-year-old female was admitted with cough, fever, chest pain and history of contact with dog. Chest radiography showed round to oval mass with air fluid level while ultrasonography of thorax was suggestive of a large cystic lesion in right mid zone with dense moving echo and multiple hyper echoic foci with connected artifacts without calcification. Computerized tomography showed large cystic lesion containing fluid with air within it in right mid zone. Initially cystic aspiration followed by pericystectomy was done. Health education, hand washing practices, creating awareness and protection of intermediate host by vaccine will help to control the disease.


Cystic echinococcosis, Echinococcus granulosus, Hydatid cyst, Pulmonary hydatidosis

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