Necessity of Lung Resection in Neglected Cases of Pulmonary Hydatidosis

Alper Findikcioglu, MD,1 Dalokay KilicAssociate Professor1Tuba Canpolat, MD,2 Ahmet HatipogluProfessor1

In pulmonary hydatid disease, lung resection is not a desirable treatment. Two young boys, aged 9 and 15, presented at our institution, the 9-year-old with a destroyed lung as the result of a delayed diagnosis of a giant cyst; the second with a massive hemoptysis as the result of preoperative albendazole use. Both children underwent a lobectomy for the treatment of pulmonary hydatidosis. Delayed diagnosis and use of albendazole, respectively, were considered the causes necessitating lung resection in these cases of giant and complicated pulmonary hydatid disease. (Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 16: 187-189)

Key words: hydatid disease, Echinococcus granulosus, lobectomy, hemoptysis

1Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Thoracic Surgery; and 2Pathology, Ankara, Turkey

Received December 4, 2008; accepted for publication April 2, 2009
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