A new therapeutic approach for hydatid liver cysts. Aspiration and alcohol injection under sonographic guidance

Carlo Filice, Flavia Pirola, Enrico Brunetti, Stefano Dughetti, Maurizio Strosselli, Carlo Scotti Foglieni

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Abstract

The treatment of hydatid disease is still rather difficult; surgery is not always feasible, and there are no definite methods to evaluate the outcome of medical treatment. Although percutaneous needle aspiration of hydatid cysts has been discouraged because of potential complications, e.g., anaphylactic shock or spreading of daughter cysts, these risks have never been quantified. Therefore, it was decided to treat hydatid liver cysts by aspiration and alcohol injection under sonographic guidance using 95% sterile ethanol. Five patients are reported who were treated by this procedure without complications or relapses during a follow-up period ranging from 10-26 mo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1366-1368
Number of pages3
JournalGastroenterology
Volume98
Issue number5 PART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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