Skip to main content


Log in

Arterial Embolism Caused by a Ruptured Hydatid Cyst in the Heart: Report of a Case

  • Published:
Surgery Today Aims and scope Submit manuscript


Cardiac hydatid cysts are extremely rare and, although patients may remain asymptomatic for many years or have only minor nonspecific symptoms, they are associated with life-threatening complications. We report the case of a 32-year-old woman with an acute arterial embolism caused by a ruptured hydatid cyst in the heart. An emergency operation revealed that the embolism originated from the left cardiac chamber caused by a cyst in the left ventricle. There were also three cystic lesions in the right lung. The patient underwent surgery to remove the hydatid cysts from the right lung on the 13th day after the first operation. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged from hospital on the 27th day after admission.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Additional information

Received: October 29, 2001 / Accepted: March 5, 2002

Reprint requests to: Y. Ünlü, Atatürk Mah. Universite Loj, 38/8, 25170 Erzurum, Turkey

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Ünlü, Y., Ceviz, M., Karaoğlanoğlu, N. et al. Arterial Embolism Caused by a Ruptured Hydatid Cyst in the Heart: Report of a Case. Surg Today 32, 989–991 (2002).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: