Annals of African Surgery

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Left pancreatectomy for primary hydatid cyst of the body of pancreas

A Makni, F Chebb, J Jouini, M Kacem, ZS Ben


Hydatid disease is a considerable health problem Worldwide. Primary hydatid disease of the pancreas is very rare. We report the case of a 30-year-old woman who presented with abdominal pain and an epigastric mass. A  diagnosis of hydatid cyst of the pancreas was established by ultrasonography
before surgery. The treatment consisted of a distal pancreatectomy. The postoperative evolution was uneventful. Hydatid disease should be considered
in the differential diagnosis of all cystic masses in the pancreas, especially in the geographical regions where the disease is endemic. Surgical removal remains the main form of defi nitive treatment.

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