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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroent Hepatol 2016; 70(2): 145– 149. doi:10.14735/amgh2016csgh.info05.

Severe life-threatening parasitic liver disease complicated by dissemination to the lungs

Robert Rosoľanka1, Daniela Antolová2, Elena Nováková3, Veronika Bartošová1

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Summary

Alveococcosis is a life threatening tissue parasitosis caused by the larvae of Echinococcus multilocularis, also termed taenia. It results in helminthozoonosis, a parasitosis in which the parasite is transmitted from animals to humans, and where humans act as the accidental hosts. The primary location of the parasite is in the liver, but in rare cases, th is can lead to secondary dissemination and the formation of a secondary form of alveococcosis, which most commonly occurs in the lungs and brain. In this case report, we present a case of a 21-year-old patient with alveolar echinococcosis of the liver, complicated by secondary formation of pulmonary lesions. We emphasize the need for a thorough examination of the lungs and the CNS using imaging methods in patients suspected of suffering from alveococcosis.

Keywords

Echinococcus multilocularis, alveolar echinococcosis of the liver, pulmonary echinococcosis

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