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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-149

Craniospinal hydatidosis: Report of three cases

Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, India

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S Shukla
Department of Neurosurgery, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221005
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.43643

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Hydatid disease is caused by the infestation of the larvae of Taenia echinococcus. The definitive hosts of echinococcus are various carnivores, the common being the dog. All mammals (more often being sheep and cattle) are intermediate hosts. Humans are infected through the falco-oral route by the ingestion of food or milk contaminated by dog faeces that contain the ova of the parasite or by direct contact with dogs. We are reporting three cases of craniospinal hydatid cyst. First case of large intracranial hydatid cyst in a 9-year-old male child presented with holocranial headache with diminution of vision and right hemiparesis. Second case of a 34-year-old female presented with weakness, tingling, and pain right upper limb for 4 months with painless swelling right supraclavicular region. Third case of a 8-year-old child presented with low backache and paraparesis with acute retention of urine for 3 months. All the patients of craniospinal hydatidosis were managed in our department surgically.


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