CARDIAC HYDATID CYST : A CASE REPORT
The larval and adult form of Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm causes cystichydatid disease. Cardiac echinococcosis is a rare but potentially very seriouscomplication of hydatid disease. It is potentially fatal pathology that may causevalvular dysfunction, conduction disturbances or may lead to congestive heartfailure, rarely mimics acute coronary syndrome. Cardiac involvement is rare andaccounts for 0.5-2% of all hydatid disease and involvement of the interventricularseptum is rare.We report surgical treatment of a large cardiac hydatid cyst in the interventricularseptum. In cases of an interventricular cardiac hydatid cyst, the combination ofsurgical resection, washout of the remaining cavity with hypertonic salinesolution, and albendazole therapy typically yields excellent results.
Key Words: Hydatid Disease, Cardiac Hydatid Cyst, Albendazole,Echinococcosis.