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Chirurgia 2011 April;24(2):67-9

language: English

Heart surgery and hydatid cysts: what is the best management?

Sansone F., Zingarelli E., Flocco R., Actis Dato G., Forsennati P. G., Parisi F., Punta G., Bardi G. L., Del Ponte S., Casabona R.

Division of Cardiac Surgery, Mauriziano Hospital “Umberto I”, Turin, Italy


Hydatid cysts are common lesion usually detected in asymptomatic patients. The diagnosis is often very difficult for the variability of the symptoms and for their non specificity. The management of these patients in case of heart surgery is not previously described even if may be common to detect an hydatid cyst in preoperative evaluation. We present our case and we discuss our experience focusing the attention about the discussion regarding the possibility of dissemination of the lesion during extracorporeal circulation or reactivation of the pathology. Our patient had no one complication due to the hydatid cyst and our experience suggest that there is no relationship between extracorporeal circulation and hydatid cysts. In conclusion, this is the first report of cardiac surgery in case of hydatid cyst and the first description of incidental diagnosis of the lesion during coronary angiography.

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