Abdominal cystic echinococcosis in Bangladesh: A hospital-based study

Mohammad Fazal Karim, Enrico Brunetti, Salimur Rahman, Christine M. Budke, Abu Saleh Mohammad Areef Ahsan, Mamun Al-Mahtab, Khandaker Mahabub Jamal Zaki, Mohammad Jamshed Alam, Sheikh Mohammad Fazle Akbar, M. A. Jalil

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Introduction: Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is reported from nearly all geographic areas of Bangladesh, but little information is available on its epidemiologic and clinical features. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical manifestations of hepatic and abdominal CE cases presenting to tertiary referral hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Methodology: A retrospective study was conducted via chart reviews of hepatic and abdominal CE patients under care at tertiary referral hospitals in Dhaka, Bangladesh, between 2002 and 2011. Age, sex, education level, occupation, urban versus rural residence, drinking water source, history of dog ownership, cyst type and location, and clinical manifestations were recorded for all patients.

Results: Of the 130 patients enrolled, 92 (70.8%) were female and 38 (29.2%) were male. The majority of patients were from rural (76.2%) rather than urban (23.8%) areas. All cases were from the northern part of the country, with no cases reported from the south or southeast. Most patients were between 21 and 40 years of age. A total of 119 patients (91.5%) had cysts only in the liver, with the remaining 8.5% having cysts in both the liver and lungs or in the abdominal cavity. Seventy-six (58.5%) of the hepatic cysts were stage CE1, indicating recent infection.

Conclusions: Active transmission of Echinococcus granulosus appears to be occurring in Bangladesh, as indicated by the high number of CE1 hepatic cysts seen at tertiary care hospitals. Community ultrasound screening studies are warranted to better define the distribution of cases and risk factors for parasite transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-75
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infection in Developing Countries
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2015


  • Bangladesh
  • Clinical presentation
  • Cystic echinococcosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Hydatid disease
  • Ultrasound classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Medicine(all)


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