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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0620103066.
Published online 2010 October 4. doi:  10.1136/bcr.06.2010.3066
PMCID: PMC3031877
Rare disease

Disseminated intra-abdominal hydatidosis causing acute intestinal obstruction—a rare presentation


Hydatid disease is caused by Echinococcus granulosus–a parasitic infestation commonly affecting the liver. Disseminated intra-abdominal hydatid disease may occur following the rupture of the hydatid cyst into the peritoneal cavity causing secondary echinococcosis. We report a very rare case of disseminated hydatidosis involving various abdominal and pelvic organs and causing intestinal obstruction in a female patient. This unusual presentation produced a diagnostic dilemma.

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