Hydatidosis Following Giant Cerebral Hydatid Cyst Operation

Polat G., Ogul H., ŞENGÜL G.

World Neurosurgery, vol.118, pp.14-15, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 118
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.06.215
  • Journal Name: World Neurosurgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.14-15
  • Keywords: Cerebral hydatid cyst, Hydatidosis, MRI
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: No


Background: Hydatid cysts (HCs) are caused by parasites, the larvae of Echinococcus granulosus. They usually affect the liver and lung, but primary brain involvement is rarely seen. HCs may cause a mass effect in the brain. For this reason, surgical excision must be performed. Complications may rarely occur after surgery. Recognition of complications is of vital importance. Case Description: A 45-year-old man presented with complaints of personality disorder and severe, long-standing headache. The patient had no neurologic deficit. However, there were symptoms associated with increased intracranial pressure. Radiologic examination revealed intracranial HCs. Complications did not develop during the operation. Six months following the surgery, the patient came back after experiencing unconsciousness. Control cerebral magnetic resonance imaging showed multiple cerebral cysts. Conclusions: Surgical resection should be applied carefully in the treatment of cerebral cysts. Complications may occur later in patients who do not develop complications at the time of operation. For this reason, follow-up of the patients should definitely be done by magnetic resonance imaging.