European Radiology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 62–70 | Cite as

Radiographic, CT and MRI spectrum of hydatid disease of the chest: a pictorial essay

  • W. N. von Sinner
Original Articles Chest Radiology


Thirty patients with thoracic hydatidosis (Echinococcus granulosus) were studied. The hydatid cysts were located in the lung parenchyma (70%), mediastinum (6.7%), inside the heart (10%), the pleurae (10%) and the chest wall (3.3%). complications of thoracic hydatid cysts, such as rupture, infection, pleural involvement, spread and calcifications are presented. Computed tomography (CT) without and/or with contrast enhancement was performed in all patients (30). Findings from conventional chest radiographs were compared with CT and confirmed by pathology (30). In 10 cases (33.3%), magnetic resonance imaging was also performed. The diagnostic spectrum of hydatid cysts, including variations and developmental stages, is presented in this pictorial essay.

Key words

Chest CT Echinococcosis Hydatid disease MRI Radiography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. N. von Sinner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology MBC28King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research CentreRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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