Hydatid disease involving some rare locations in the body: a pictorial essay

Yuksel M., Demirpolat G., Sever A., Bakaris S., Bulbuloglu E. , Elmas N.

KOREAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY, vol.8, no.6, pp.531-540, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.3348/kjr.2007.8.6.531
  • Page Numbers: pp.531-540
  • Keywords: hydatid disease, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), ultrasound (US), APPEARANCES, CYST


Hydatid disease (HD) is an endemic illness in many countries, and it poses an important public health problem that's influenced by peoples' socioeconomic status and migration that spreads this disease. Although rare, it may occur in any organ or tissue. The most common site is the liver (59-75%), followed in frequency by lung (27%), kidney (3%), bone (1-4%) and brain (1-2%). Other sites such as the heart, spleen, pancreas and muscles are very rarely affected. Unusual sites for this disease can cause diagnostic problems. This pictorial essay illustrates various radiological findings of HD in the liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, peritoneal cavity, omentum, adrenal, ovary, lung, mediastinum and retroperitoneum. Familiarity with the imaging findings of HD may be helpful in making an accurate diagnosis and preventing potential complications.