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2022 Jul 27

Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin (Engl Ed)

Cerebral echinococcosis: Case report and literature review.


Trueba-Argamasilla A A, Iborra-Bendicho M A, Simón-Páez M, Ros-de San Pedro J, Segovia-Hernández M
Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin (Engl Ed). 2022 Jul 27.
PMID: 35907775.


Echinococcosis is a zoonosis caused by the larval form of the cestode Echinococcus granulosus. The cerebral affectation in the human is uncommon; only in 1-2% cases is observed encephalic involvement. This condition occurs mainly in the pediatric population and it is characterized by the presence of single and unilocular cysts. We report a case of a 29-year-old patient who came to the emergency department with a disabling headache of several weeks of evolution. In the brain imaging study a mass of unknown origin was visualized, finally it turned out to be a bilobed hydatid cyst. Regarding this case, the clinic-epidemiological, diagnostics and treatments aspects of cerebral hydatid disease will be reviewed.