Giant viable hydatid cyst of the lung revealed by hiccups

  • Bouchentouf Rachid
  • Benjelloun Amine
  • Chafik Aziz
  • Aitbenasser Moulay Ali

Abstract

Hydatid cystic disease is still a significant clinical problem in endemic countries. Hydatid cysts are usually located in the liver and lung. The resulting large cysts in the lung are a special clinical entity called giant hydatid cysts. We present a case of this rare entity: An 18-year-old woman presented with three month history of hiccups and progressive dyspnea. Chest X-ray revealed a very large homogenous opacity of the left lung. A diagnosis of giant hydatid cyst was made intra operatively; the patient was treated surgically using cystotomy and capitonnage without post-operative complications. This report illustrates that the hydatid cyst of the lung may occasionally present with signs of mediastinal compression.

Pan African Medical Journal 2012; 13:48

Author Biographies

Bouchentouf Rachid
Department of pulmonology, Avicenna Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco; FMPM, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
Benjelloun Amine
Department of pulmonology, Avicenna Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco
Chafik Aziz
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Avicenna Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco
Aitbenasser Moulay Ali
Department of pulmonology, Avicenna Military Hospital, Marrakech, Morocco
Published
2013-02-28
Section
Articles

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