Parasitology Research

, Volume 114, Issue 3, pp 1245–1246 | Cite as

Discovery of microchannels in host tissues surrounding hydatid cysts

  • Bin Ye
  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Short Communication


The present study shows for the first time long, tiny microchannels starting from the surface of a Echinococcus granulosus hydatid and running through the laminated layer and the pericyst into the healthy tissue. It is, however, not clear, whether these channels are persistent or only formed for a short period and whatever function they fulfill.


Echinococcus granulosus Hydatid cysts Microchannels Pericyst Granulomatous host reaction 


Conflict of interest

We declare that we have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathogenic BiologyChongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Research Center for Molecular Medicine and TumorChongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina
  3. 3.Department of ParasitologyHeinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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