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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 158-160

Pulmonary hydatidosis: An unusual cause of haemoptysis

1 Department of Microbiology, Subharati Medical College, Meerut - 250 002, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Chest and Tuberculosis, Jaswant Rai Specialty Hospital, Meerut - 250 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

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A Pandey
Department of Microbiology, Subharati Medical College, Meerut - 250 002, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.32727

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A 28-year-old female patient was referred to us with complaints of massive haemoptysis and cough with expectoration, of two years' duration. Her chest radiograph, computed tomography scan and video-bronchoscopy revealed a cystic lesion in the right upper and lower zones of the lungs. Aspiration from the cyst fluid was grossly hemorrhagic and full of inflammatory cells. On digestion of the fluid with potassium hydroxide, it showed plenty of hooklets and scolices of Echinococcus granulosus . An intact brood capsule was also seen. Diagnosis of hydatidosis was further confirmed by a positive serological and therapeutic response to albendazole.


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