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Chirurgia 2007 December;20(6):337-8

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Hydatid cyst of the muscles of Scarpa’s triangle. A case report

Scarpulla M. 1, Accardi M. 2, Abruzzo A. 1, Abruzzo F. 1, Vitale A. 1, Gullo A. 2

1 Unità Operativa di Chirurgia Generale Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedali Civili Riuniti di Sciacca, Sciacca (AG)
2 Unità Operativa di Radiologia Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedali Civili Riuniti di Sciacca,


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Hydatid cyst of the muscles of Scarpa’s triangle is a rare primary localization. A 73-year-old woman presented with a swelling of the root of thigh that had arisen 2 years earlier. Physical findings suggested muscle sarcoma but computed tomography revealed a hydatid cyst that was removed together with the pericystium. Primary hydatid cyst of the muscles is rare even in typically affected body areas. Computed tomography permits differential diagnosis with muscle sarcomas, thus averting useless invasive procedures such as cyst puncture. Surgical removal of the entire pericystium is the treatment of choice.

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