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.
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