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Primary pelvic hydatid cyst in a postmenopausal female: a surgical challenge

Sayanti Paul, Saumen Mandal, Mansi Upadhyaya, Sumit Ranjan Pramanik, Subhas Chandra Biswas, Ranu Roy Biswas


Primary pelvic hydatid cysts are a rare entity and are often overlooked as a differential diagnosis of a pelvic-space-occupying lesion particularly in non-endemic regions. Unpreparedness and a hasty decision on the surgical approach may end in life-threatening complications and systemic dissemination of the disease. We report the case of a 55-year-old postmenopausal woman with a history of two previous unsuccessful surgeries to remove pelvic cystic lesions due to dense adhesions between the surrounding gut wall, bladder, and the cyst wall. Clinical and imaging findings failed to diagnose the nature of the cysts, and a laparotomy was contemplated. On the third surgical attempt, the clinical suspicion was considered and by meticulous dissection the cysts were removed thoroughly without undue complications. In the postoperative follow-up period there was no sign of disease recurrence or dissemination


Echinococcosis; Ovarian Cysts; Zoonoses

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4322/acr.2017.012

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