Recurrent Apical Cardiac Hydatid Cyst Presenting with Angina
Goksel, O. S.
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Hydatid disease is a parasitic infection caused by the larvae of tapeworm Echinococcus Granulosus. Hydatid cyst of the heart is an uncommon presentation of human echinococcosis which may lead to life-threatening conditions. We present a rare case of recurrent pericardial cyst in a 42-year-old man presenting with chest pain and ECG Findings. We were able to avoid risks of resternotomy with a limited anterolateral thoracotomy. A direct enucleation of the cyst was possible without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. He was free of complications at 6-month follow-up. Diagnosis should be suspected in every case of anginal symptoms or cyst-like mass in persons coming from areas where echinococcus granulosus is endemic.
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