Surgery Today

, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 803–805 | Cite as

Primary Hydatid Cyst of the Axillary Region: Report of a Case

  • Ali Ekrem Unal
  • Suat Can Ulukent
  • Sancar Bayar
  • Arda Demirkan
  • Hikmet Akgül

Abstract

A 53-year-old woman presented to our hospital with a painful mass in her axilla. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a lobular cystic mass localized in the right pectoralis major muscle, with no significant invasion of the peripheral soft tissue or bone structures and no pulmonary or hepatic involvement. An echinococcal hemagglutination test was positive. Excision of the cystic mass as definitive therapy and histopathologic examination of the resected specimen confirmed that it was a hydatid cyst. For treating hydatidosis in uncommon sites, the cyst must be totally removed whenever possible. The combination of albendazole and praziquantel seems to be the most effective medical treatment, but not an alternative to surgery. This case report serves to demonstrate that hydatid disease should be borne in mind as the possible cause of a palpable lesion in the breast, axillary region, or chest wall, especially in endemic locations.

Key words Axillary mass Echinococcosis Hydatid cyst 

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Ekrem Unal
    • 1
  • Suat Can Ulukent
    • 2
  • Sancar Bayar
    • 1
  • Arda Demirkan
    • 2
  • Hikmet Akgül
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Ankara University Medical School, Ankara, TurkeyTR
  2. 2.Department of General Surgery, Ankara University Medical School, Ankara, TurkeyTR

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