Cardiac Hydatid Cyst Mimicking Malignancy

Yilmaz S., Ozhan M. , Sager S., Halac M. , Sonmezoglu K. , Uslu I.

CLINICAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE, vol.36, no.7, pp.580-581, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/rlu.0b013e3182177232
  • Page Numbers: pp.580-581


A 50-year-old man presented with chest pain symptoms for 7 years. He did not report any other complaints. The diagnostic tests including physical examination, routine laboratory tests, chest x-ray, and electrocardiography were reported as normal. Cardiac MRI, however, revealed a 64 X 66 mm mass lesion in the left myocardium. He was referred to our unit for further tests. A PET/CT was carried out which demonstrated a minimally increased fluorodeoxyglucose uptake at the peripheral margins of the mass, which deemed to be suspicious for malignancy. The patient underwent a thoracotomy and the cardiac mass was excised. Histopathologic examination reported this lesion as a hydatid cyst.