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Hepatic echinococcosis: A review.

A new interesting article has been published in Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2018 Nov 2;36:99-105. doi: 10.1016/j.amsu.2018.10.032. eCollection 2018 Dec. Review and titled:

Hepatic echinococcosis: A review.

Authors of this article are:

Bhutani N, Kajal P.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a widely endemic helminthic disease caused by infection with metacestodes (larval stage) of the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm and transmitted by dogs. E. granulosus are common parasites in certain parts of the world, and are present on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. As a result, a large number of people are affected by CE. In humans, the disease is characterized by slowly growing cyst commonly occurring in liver and lungs. Clinical features are mainly right upper quadrant pain, feeling of lump and enlarged tender liver. The cyst may be complicated by infection or rupture and may lead to anaphylactic reaction. The diagnosis depends on clinical suspicion. They appear in two ways as general (systemic) symptoms, and local symptoms based on the site and organ on which the larva settles. While cysts sometimes recover spontaneously, more severe clinical presentations are observed in immunosuppressed individuals. Ultrasonography supported by serology is the main diagnostic modality. The treatment varies from surgical intervention to minimally invasive treatments (percutaneous drainage) or medical therapies. Surgery is still the best treatment modality. Percutaneous drainage of the cyst is a good option in selected cases. New sensitive and specific diagnostic methods and effective therapeutic approaches against echinococcosis have been developed in the last 10 years.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Cystic echinococcosis;Epidemiology;Polycystic echinococcosis;Zoonoses


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