Journal of Cytology
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-104

Isolated Echinococcosis of cervical region

Department of Pathology, Dr. B. S. Ambedkar Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Pratima Khare
Department of Pathology, Dr. B. S. Ambedkar Hospital, New Delhi - 110 085
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9371.138684

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Echinococcosis, commonly called as hydatid disease, is a parasitic infestation caused by the larva of the genus Echinococcus in human. Isolated occurrence of Echinococcosis without any evidence of visceral disease is very rare. A thorough search of the literature revealed only 11 cases of isolated cervical Echinococcosis. We report here a very rare case of isolated hydatid cyst in a 45-year-old female patient, who presented with swelling in right cervical region about 5 cm below the angle of mandible with no evidence of the disease elsewhere in the body. The case was diagnosed on fine needle aspiration cytology. The diagnosis was further supported by histopathology. We propose that the treating physician should also consider the differential diagnosis of Echinococcosis in the presence of an asymptomatic soft tissue mass, especially when the patient lives in an endemic area.

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