Primary renal hydatid cyst: Mis-interpretation as a renal malignancy

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Abstract

Primary renal echinococcosis, a rare disease involving the kidney, accounts for 2-3% of human echinococcosis. A 64-year-old female patient from Uzbekistan presented with complaints of left flank pain. A CT scan revealed a cystic mass in the upper to midpole of the left kidney. We regarded this lesion as a renal malignancy and hand-assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy was performed to remove the renal mass. The mass consisted of a large unilocular cyst and multiple smaller cysts without any grossly visible renal tissue. The final pathologic diagnosis was a renal hydatid cyst. For patients from endemic areas, hydatid cyst should be included in the differential diagnosis. Here, we present a case of renal hydatid cyst in a female patient who relocated from Uzbekistan to Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Echinococcosis
  • Kidney
  • Nephrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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