Author(s): Shehatha J, Alward M, Saxena P, Konstantinov IE
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Abstract Cardiac hydatidosis is extremely uncommon; only a few case series have been reported in the worldwide medical literature. Whereas hydatid cysts develop in the liver or lungs in 90\% of patients who have hydatidosis, only 0.5\% to 2\% of patients thus diagnosed have cysts of the heart. Herein, we present the clinical summaries of 4 patients who had cardiac hydatid cysts-0.5\% of the 763 patients who underwent surgery for thoracic hydatidosis over a period of 20 years at Ibn-Alnafis Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. In addition, we discuss our operative technique. A year after surgical treatment and medical therapy, all 4 patients were free of hydatid disease.
This article was published in Tex Heart Inst J
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access