Journal of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences

: 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 204--206

Unusual presentation of a recurrent hydatid of the liver

Tripuraneni Venkata Aditya Chowdary, Sivanpillay Mahadevan Sivaraj, Bathalapalli Jagan Mohan Reddy, Sampath Thirunavukkarasu 
 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Narayana Medical College, Chintareddypalem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Tripuraneni Venkata Aditya Chowdary
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Narayana Medical College, Chintareddypalem, Nellore - 524 002, Andhra Pradesh


Hydatid disease of the liver is still a common disease in our country with the involvement of the liver being the most common. Recurrence after surgery is, usually, confined to the liver, or generalized dissemination occurs throughout the peritoneal cavity. A female patient presented with a glistening swelling in the right upper quadrant of 6 month's duration. She was previously operated for a hepatic hydatid. She was investigated and found to have a hepatic recurrence infiltrating into the subcutaneous tissue. She underwent excision of the same. This case is being reported as for it is uncommon for a hepatic hydatid to present as a subcutaneous cyst.

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Chowdary TV, Sivaraj SM, Reddy BJ, Thirunavukkarasu S. Unusual presentation of a recurrent hydatid of the liver.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2018;7:204-206

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Hydatid disease is a parasitic infestation caused by Echinococcosis granuloses, Echinococcosis oligarthus, Echinococcosis multilocularis, Echinococcosis vogilie with E. Granuloses being the most common. The most common site of involvement in man who acts as an accidental host is the liver (2/3rd of the cases). Recurrence after resection is around 10%.[1] Generalized involvement of the peritoneum post resection is common if adequate care is not taken.[2] However, hepatic recurrences manifesting subcutaneously is not common. A detailed search of the literature revealed only few such cases and hence this case is reported.[3]

 Case Report

A 45-year-old female patient presented with a glistening 4 cm × 3 cm swelling in the right lateral abdominal wall for the past 6 months [Figure 1]. It had been slowly increasing in size and on presentation was tender. No other masses were palpable. The patient had undergone open resection for a hydatid 6 years back. Ultrasound showed an 8 cm × 5 cm × 3 cm cystic swelling in the right lobe of the liver extending into the abdominal wall.{Figure 1}

A course of Albendazole was started at 10 mg/kg body weight for a week before the procedure. Under general anesthesia, laparotomy was done. A cystic swelling was present from the inferior surface of the liver involving segments 4b and 5 and extending into the lateral abdominal wall was found [Figure 2]. The cyst was aspirated, and 20% saline was injected into the cyst as a scolicidal agent. Cystopericystectomy was done along with removal of the part of the cyst adherent to the anterior abdominal wall. There was no spillage or any bile leak. A drain was placed in the residual cavity and abdomen was closed.{Figure 2}

Postoperatively, patient was put on 3 cycles of albendazole 10 mg/kg body weight for 28 days along with a 2 week interval. Follow-up ultrasound done at 1 year did not show any sign of recurrence.


Hydatid disease is very prevalent in South India and is especially common in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.[4] The most common site of involvement is the liver followed by the lung.[5] Only around 10% occur in sites other than these with involvement of the musculoskeletal system only being reported anecdotally.

Echinococcosis may be asymptomatic for many years, its presence becoming evident when the liver is found to be enlarged, or a cystic lesion is noted on imaging.[6] Symptoms due to a hydatid, usually, are only a dragging pain due to the size and weight of the lesion and complications of it.[7] The known common complications are rupture into the peritoneal cavity, infection, compression and erosion of the biliary tree, anaphylaxis.[8] Rare modes of rupture are fistulization into the duodenum, perforation of the diaphragm, infiltration of ribs, and rupture into the vascular and urinary system.[9]

Diagnosis of hydatid disease should prompt therapy to alleviate symptoms, halt the progression of infection, and prevent complications. Traditionally, open surgical resection or drainage has been standard therapy. Recently, laparoscopic and percutaneous therapies have been evaluated and gained favor as alternatives to open operation.

Recurrence after surgery usually occurs as a result of spillage into the peritoneal cavity of the contents (mean time of presentation 60.5 months [10]) or as a result of missing another cyst.[11] However the recurrence confines itself to the cavity involved or to the organ involved such as abdominal spillage results in diffuse abdominal metastasis. Recurrence in an organ and it then involving the subcutaneous tissue is very rare with only a few cases being reported in the literature.[2]

The main reasons for hepatic recurrence are failure to remove all viable cysts at inaccessible or difficult locations or to leave a residual cyst wall at the initial operation. When the recurrence occurs and involves the subcutaneous tissues, the most common site is the right hypochondrium, followed by the epigastrium. Recurrences have also been reported in the umbilicus and the thoracic wall.

Management of recurrences is a challenge as re-recurrence also occurs and is reported to be as high as 27%. Early identification and diagnosis are vital in the management. Surgical management combined along with medical therapy is the pillar of treatment. When symptomatic and not disseminated, surgery along with systemic chemotherapy with albendazole is given.

Management of a hepatic hydatid with a cutaneous fistula involves preoperative chemotherapy with albendazole, followed by surgical excision of the hepatic cyst, the cutaneous tract and the involved skin. Care should be taken to avoid spillage. When a patient is unfit to undergo any surgical procedure medical therapy alone may be given.

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