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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2010 June;54(2):79-82

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A medically treated multiple cerebral hydatid cyst disease

Altas M. 1, Aras M. 1, Serarslan Y. 1, Davran R. 2, Evirgen O. 3, Yilmaz N. 1

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Tayfur Ata Sökmen Medical Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey; 2 Department of Radiology, Tayfur Ata Sökmen Medical Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey; 3 Department of Infectious Disease, Tayfur Ata Sökmen Medical Faculty, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey


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Echinococcosis is a potentially fatal parasitic disease that can affect many animals and humans. The disease results from infection by tapeworm larvae of the genus Echinococcus – notably, E. granulosus, E. multilocularis, E. vogeli and E. oligarthrus. Cyst hydatid disease is usually seen in adults, and mainly affects liver and/or lungs (90%). Cerebral involvement is very rare (1-3%), and more common in children. Therapy consists of medical treatment and surgical intervention if it is possible. The authors report the case of a 55-year-old male patient with multiple intracranial hydatid cysts, who was successfully treated with albendazole (10 mg/kg/day) alone without any surgical intervention.

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