European Spine Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 1189–1190 | Cite as

Letter to the Editor concerning “Primary intramedullary hydatid cyst: a case report and literature review” by Zhang Z, Fan J, Dang Y, Xu R, Shen C (2017) Eur Spine J 26(Suppl 1):107–110

  • Mehmet Turgut
Letter to the Editor


I read with interest the article by Dr. Zhang et al. [ 1] and congratulate the authors on their original study on an unusual topic for neurosurgeons in many countries. As mentioned by the author, however, hydatid disease is still a major problem in infested areas of the world, especially in the rural areas, including Turkey, China, Russia, Japan, Central Europe, Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and South America [ 2, 3, 4]. For the sake of completeness of the information presented, there appeared to be some points that I felt obliged to comment upon:
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    Literature reports that the spinal hydatid cyst is usually located epidurally and rarely intradurally and extramedullary. In 2002, I reviewed the cases of intracranial and intraspinal hydatidosis from Turkey in the literature and found a total of 18 cases of intraspinal hydatid cyst; only three of them were in the subdural extramedullary location [3]. As stated by the authors, however, primary...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryAdnan Menderes University School of MedicineAydınTurkey

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