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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0220102752.
Published online 2010 July 15. doi:  10.1136/bcr.02.2010.2752
PMCID: PMC3034206
Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury

Cardiac hydatidosis presenting as an acute coronary syndrome


A 56-year-old man presented as an acute coronary syndrome. A transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) performed to assess left ventricular (LV) function revealed multiple hydatid cysts in the right ventricular cavity compressing the interventricular septum. CT scan for chest and abdomen revealed similar cysts in right-lung apex and left lobe of liver. A polyvisceral involvement in the setting of multiple cardiac cysts suggested cardiac hydatidosis as the most probable diagnosis. CT coronary angiography was normal. A preoperative oral albendazole therapy was initiated. Later the patient underwent elective surgery, ‘Evaculation of RV Hydatid Cysts and Obliteration of Cavity with Bovine Pericardium’. His postoperative recovery was good. Regular exercise, chest physiotherapy, a life-long anticoagulation therapy and antibiotic prophylaxis for invasive procedures were recommended. Patient was scheduled for regular follow-up, to check for any recurrences or late complications.

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