Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-117

Primary calcified hydatid cyst of the brain

Department of Neurosurgery, T.N. Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai - 400 008, India

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Srikant Balasubramaniam
Department of Neurosurgery, BYL Nair Hospital, Dr. A.L Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.71729

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Cerebral hydatid disease is very rare, and in non-endemic areas like India, the occurrence is as low as 0.2% of all intracranial space occupying lesions. Calcification of the cyst wall indicates an even rarer subvariety, i.e., alveolar echinococcosis (AE). AE has hitherto been unreported in the Indian subcontinent. We report such a case in a 25-year-old male, a shepherd by occupation, who presented to us with intractable seizures and headache. He had no gross lesion in the liver. Craniotomy with total excision of the lesion was performed, followed by antiparasitic treatment. The radiological presentation, differential diagnosis and treatment modalities are discussed in relation to our case.

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