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Haemoptysis secondary to a complicated hydatid cyst of the lung: a case report

Rodgers Manganyi, E Irusen


Pulmonary hydatid disease is almost exclusively caused by the infestation of the larval stage of Taenia Echinococcus Granulosus. Humans are infected, accidentally, through faeco-oral route by the ingestion of food and milk, contaminated by dog faeces containing the ova of parasite or direct contact with dogs. We describe an unusual cause of massive haemoptysis in a young male who had bilateral lung hydatid cysts as well as large splenic hydatic cyst. He underwent bilateral thoracotomies for cysts excision for relief of haemoptysis.

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Rodgers Manganyi, Groote SchuurHospital, Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital, University of Cape Town

E Irusen, Stellenbosch University

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African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine 2020;26(2):56-58. DOI:10.7196/AJTCCM.2020.v26i2.029

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Date submitted: 2020-06-15
Date published: 2020-06-15

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