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Primary cervical hydatid cyst: a rare occurrence

Nuzhat Sultana12, Tariq Khan Hashim3, Shahida Yahya Jan2, Zahidullah khan3, Tahir Malik4 and Walayat Shah1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Histopathology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25000, Pakistan

2 Department of Pathology, Northwest General Hospital and Research Center, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25000, Pakistan

3 Department of Neurosurgery, Northwest General Hospital and Research Center, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25000, Pakistan

4 Department of Radiology, Northwest General Hospital and Research Center, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 25000, Pakistan

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Diagnostic Pathology 2012, 7:157  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-7-157

Published: 17 November 2012

Abstract

Hydatid disease, a parasitic infection is caused by Echinococcus granulosus. It has serious impact on health and economy especially in countries where it is endemic. It occurs frequently in liver and lung. The disease is chronic and cyst can localize in different organs. A hydatid cyst occurrence in the head and neck is extremely rare. To know the distribution of disease can help in its control and prevention. We report a case of primary cervical hydatid cyst in 20 year old female. A high index of suspicion is required to diagnose hydatid cyst in rare locations like this. Hydatid cyst should be considered in differential diagnosis of benign swellings of head and neck region, so that it can be managed during surgery to prevent acute anaphylaxis.

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Keywords:
Hydatid disease; Cervical hydatid cyst; Occipitocervical mass