Parasitologic findings in percutaneous drainage of human hydatid liver cysts

Carlo Filice, Giovanni Di Perri, Maurizio Strosselli, Flavia Pirola, Enrico Brunetti, Stefano Dughetti, Ercole Concia

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Percutaneous drainage under ultrasonographic guidance was carried out on 12 patients with liver cysts and 1 with an abdominal cyst. In 8 the cyst was proved to be of hydatid origin by means of direct detection of parasites in the aspirated fluid. In these individuals a 95% ethanol solution was subsequently introduced into the cystic cavity and slowly removed over 30 min. Direct observation, staining for viability assessment, and in vitro isolation attempts were done both before and after the injection of the alcoholic solution, thus making possible the immediate evaluation of the protoscolicidal properties of the solution used. The procedure seems to be therapeutically successful, safe, and feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1295
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Immunology


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