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Echinococcal disease of the bone: An unusual cause of a pathological fracture

M Goodier, G Rubin

Abstract


Echinococcosis is caused by the larva of the tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus or Echinococcus multiloccularis and is endemic in many rural areas of southern Africa. Echinococcosis of the bone is an unusual manifestation of echinococcal disease and a rare cause of a lytic lesion of bone. This report describes a 30-year-old woman who presented with an echinococcal cyst of the right radius complicated by a pathological fracture.



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