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Title: Medical management of abdominal hydatid cyst in a teaching hospital in Eastern Libya: treatment and outcome in 16 cases, 2004-2010
Authors: Makael Bohtera, F.M.
Patro, M.
Issue Date: 2013
Language: English
Abstract: Surgery is the mainstay of treatment for hydatid cyst, but the development of antihelminths has become a boon in the management of the disease. The role of medical management is now well defined, alone or with surgery or percutaneous aspiration, injection and re-aspiration [PAIR]. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of antihelminth treatment on 16 selected patients [10 females and 6 males] with hydatid cyst. Hydatid cyst was diagnosed radiologically and treated with albendazole. Patients were followed up for 12 months after completion of therapy. Hydatid cyst collapsed completely in 10 patients; recurrence of cyst during the observation period was recorded in 2 patients. No patient in this study developed side-effects from the treatment. We suggest that albendazole is a safe and effective agent for uncomplicated hydatid cyst and should be advised for any hydatid cyst < 5 cm or for surgically inaccessible hydatid cyst
Description: 1-7
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118609
ISSN: 1020-3397
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