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Cardiac Hydatid Cysts ... A Surgical Challenge

In the time of pandemic, infectious diseases are the latest trend. Hydatid disease is one of those infectious diseases, which is caused by tapeworms. It is spread by food eaten, water, or by close contact with infected animals. The disease is still present in different parts of the world and currently affects about one million people. According to the literature, the economic cost of the disease is estimated to be around three billion US dollars a year. When hydatid disease is in humans, cysts are in the liver (in 75% of cases), the lungs (in 5–15% of cases) and other organs such as the spleen, brain, heart, and kidneys (in 10–20% of cases).

Author(s): Lubna Bakr

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