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Laparoscopic cystectomy for pancreatic echinococcosis:A case report and literature review
Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2019 Feb;23(1):87-90
Published online February 28, 2019;
Copyright © 2019 Korean Association of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery.

Ashraf Imam1,*, Tawfik Khoury2,*, Dani Weis3, Harbi Khalayleh1, Muhammad Adeleh3, and Abed Khalaileh3

1Department of Surgery, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Departments of 2Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases and 3Surgery, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Received July 10, 2018; Revised July 21, 2018; Accepted July 26, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a widely endemic helminthic disease caused by infection with the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. Following ingestion of eggs, hydatid cysts develop, most frequently in the liver and lungs, but occasionally in other organs. Infection of the pancreas by hydatid cysts is very rare, even in endemic areas. Most cases of pancreatic hydatid cysts reported in the literature were treated surgically using traditional open laparotomy. There are only few case reports describing laparoscopic treatment for this disease. Herein, we report on an eighteen-year-old female patient who was referred to our institution with a hydated pancreatic tail cyst. After a course of treatment with Albendazole, we successfully performed laparoscopic splenic-sparing distal pancreatectomy to remove the cyst with an uneventful intra- and post-operative course.
Keywords : Hydatid cyst; Pancreas; Laparoscopic cystectomy


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