The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2006 , Vol 48 , Num 1
Cardiac echinococcosis with intra-atrial localization
1Departments of Pediatrics, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Altun Ö, Akalın F, Ayabakan C, Karadağ B, Berrak SG, Bilal MS, Özek E, Dağlı E. Cardiac echinococcosis with intra-atrial localization. Turk J Pediatr 2006; 48: 76-79.

Echinococcosis is a frequently encountered parasitic disease in the Mediterranean region, including Turkey. Cardiac disease is seen in 0.5-2% of patients. Usually the cysts are located within the pericardium or intramyocardially; intracavitary localization of the cyst is rarely seen. We herein report a patient who initially presented with hemoptysis and was echocardiographically diagnosed to have an intra-atrial hydatid cyst. Although patients with cardiac hydatid cysts may present with cardiac symptoms, symptoms typically involve other organ systems, following dissemination of the organism. Therefore, echocardiographic screening of patients who are diagnosed with echinococcosis, even if they have no cardiac symptoms, may ensure early diagnosis and prevent development of lethal complications, such as cyst rupture or embolization. Keywords : cardiac, hydatid cyst, children

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