Hydatid Cysts in Children and Youths

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  • Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran

In the 15 years from 1960 through 1974, 58 patients (38 male and 20 female) from 3 to 18 years of age were treated. In 24 only the lungs were involved, in 23 only the liver, and in 2 both organs were involved. Various other organs including the orbit, omentum, kidney, uterus, brain, and spinal cord contained cysts in one or more cases. Diagnosis was by X-ray, angiography, and myelography. The Casoni skin test was positive in 36 of 43 (83.7%) trials. All patients were treated surgically and, except for one death from pneumonia, all did well.