Recurrent Apical Cardiac Hydatid Cyst Presenting with Angina

Goksel O. S. , Tanju S., Surmen B., El H., Tireli E., Daytoglu E.

ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA, vol.108, no.6, pp.783-785, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 108 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00015458.2008.11680341
  • Title of Journal : ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.783-785


Hydatid disease is a parasitic infection caused by the larvae of tapeworm Echinococcus Granulosus. Hydatid cyst of the heart is an uncommon presentation of human echinococcosis which may lead to life-threatening conditions. We present a rare case of recurrent pericardial cyst in a 42-year-old man presenting with chest pain and ECG Findings. We were able to avoid risks of resternotomy with a limited anterolateral thoracotomy. A direct enucleation of the cyst was possible without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. He was free of complications at 6-month follow-up. Diagnosis should be suspected in every case of anginal symptoms or cyst-like mass in persons coming from areas where echinococcus granulosus is endemic.