Close Menu

Books in a Library

Long-term Follow-up of Two Cases with Spinal Hydatid Cyst Disease and Repeat Surgeries



Hydatid cyst disease (HD) is an infestation caused by the larval stage of the tape worm Echinococcus granulosus. It predominantly occurs in liver and lungs. Bone involvement is quite rare (0.5%-4%); and among those, spinal disease is the most common type (44%-50%).

Reported here are two cases of spinal hydatid cyst disease in which neurogenic bladder and paraplegia due to spinal cord compression were encountered despite recurrent medical and surgical treatment. In this regard, we would like to emphasise that this-otherwise benign- infectious disease may pose significant challenges regarding musculoskeletal system and that early prompt management is paramount. 

11 Sep, 2015
PDF Attachment: 
e-Published: 29 Jan, 2016


Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Top of Page