Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
January 2013 Vol. 2(1), pp. 026-029
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Case Report

Isolated splenıc hydatıd cyst  as  a rare cause of abdomınal paın

 Yakup Yesilkaya1*, Bozkurt Gulek2, Turgut Tokmak1 

1D epartment of Radiology, Kirsehir Ahi Evran University Hospital, Turkey.
2Department of Radiology, Adana Numune Teaching and Research Hospital, Turkey.

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Accepted 28 January, 2013


Hydatid cyst (echinococcosis) is an endemic disease in certain parts of the world. It mostly affects the liver and the lung, but the spleen, too, may sometimes be the site of primary disease. Up to our knowledge, there is no reported case in the literature of any isolated splenic hydatid cyst which presented with  chronic abdominal pain. Our case is a female patient who applied to our hospital with the complaint of a long-standing chronic abdominal pain of a history of 3 years. Following her admittance to the hospital, she undertook a computed tomography (CT) examination of the abdomen. At CT, a thick-walled hydatid cystic mass with calcified membranes was detected at the spleen. The post-operative pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of an echinococcus cyst. Based on the experience we derive from this case, we suggest that a splenic hydatid cyst, even though it is a fairly low probability, must be considered in the differential diagnosis in patients who present with long-standing chronic abdominal pain.

Keywords: Isolated hydatid cyst, spleen, chronic abdominal pain.

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