Disseminated alveolar echinococcosis mimicking a metastatic malignancy

Ozkok A., Gul E., Okumus G. , Yekeler E., Gulluoglu M. , Kiyan E. , ...More

INTERNAL MEDICINE, vol.47, no.16, pp.1495-1497, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 16
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.2169/internalmedicine.47.1228
  • Title of Journal : INTERNAL MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1495-1497


Alveolar echinococcosis, which is caused by Echinococcus multilocularis, is a very aggressive and potentially fatal infestation which always affects the liver primarily and metastasizes to any part of the body. Imaging studies are usually highly suspicious of carcinoma or sarcoma, and biopsy may provide the first indication of infection. We report a case of disseminated alveolar echinococcosis with liver, lung, and bone involvement mimicking a metastatic malignancy.