Case Report: Role of Interventional Radiology in the Management of Patients with Alveolar Echinococcus: Successful Management of Three Cases

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Dagoglu-Kartal M. G., Ciftci T., Ozer C., AKINCI D., AKHAN O.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE, vol.98, no.5, pp.1403-1407, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Alveolar echinococcus (AE) is an infestation by Echinococcus multilocularis. Partial hepatectomy or liver transplantation is the first choice of treatment. However, the disease is usually diagnosed at an unresectable stage. In those cases, invasion of the bile ducts and vessels, and necrosis in the center of the lesion lead to severe complications, such as cholangitis and liver abscesses. Palliative surgery has been reported to not offer advantages in management, and percutaneous and endoscopic interventions have become more prominent in management. In this case series, outcomes in three cases with unresectable AE were reported. In one of the cases, interventional procedures were used to manage the complications after surgery. In the second case, the cystic component was aspirated to decrease the size before the surgery and in the third case, it was used to drain biliary tree and no surgery was done.